Sir Elton John has blasted Italian fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana over recent comments on same-sex parents, adoption and IVF.
“We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one,” Domenico Dolce told Italian magazine Panorama, according to a translation of the interview by the UK’s Telegraph.
“No chemical offspring and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed,” he continued.
“I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.”
A furious Elton, who has two children with partner David Furnish, took to Instagram to slam the pair’s comments and call for a boycott of their products.
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’. And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children,” Elton wrote.
“Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”
In a statement, the fashion duo, who are both gay, clarified they were not judging others and had just expressed their opinions.
“We believe firmly in democracy and we think freedom of expression is essential for that,” Gabbana said.
“We talked about our way of looking at the world, but it was not our intention to express a judgement on other people’s choices. We believe in freedom and love.”
Celebrities rallied to Elton’s side to slam the fashion duo’s comments as the backlash spread.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy tweeted: “These designer’s horrifying views are never in fashion. Their clothes are as ugly as their hate.”
Rocker Courtney Love went further, tweeting: “Just round up all my Dolce & Gabbana pieces, I want to burn them. I’m just beyond words and emotions. Boycott senseless bigotry!”
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