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Elton John slams Dolce & Gabbana over ‘synthetic baby’ comments

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Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish arrive at the 2015 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood, California on February 22, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Gus Ruelas HIGH RES: http://archives.religionnews.com/multimedia/photos/rns-elton-john

ROME (Reuters) British singer Elton John slammed Italian fashion duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on Sunday and called for a boycott of their brand after the pair championed “traditional” families.

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Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish arrive at the 2015 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood, California February 22, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

John, who has used his fame to speak out for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, chided the designers for criticising fertility treatment and same-sex parenting in an interview.

The singer and his husband David Furnish have two children. John uploaded a photo of the designers clad in black veils to his Instagram account with the caption:

“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic.’ And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF … Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”

Italian magazine Panorama’s website last week quoted Sicily-born Dolce, whose brand has long counted Madonna and Naomi Campbell among clients for its designs inspired by his native island, as saying:

“You are born and you have a father and a mother. Or at least it should be like this, that’s why I am not convinced by chemical children, synthetic babies, wombs for rent.”

Dolce and Gabbana, who are now business partners after their romantic relationship ended, said on Sunday they had been talking about their own opinions and had not meant to judge others’ behaviour.

“We believe firmly in democracy and we think freedom of expression is essential for that. 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,” Gabbana said in a statement.

Motherhood was the theme for Dolce & Gabbana’s women’s fashion show in Milan earlier this year. Models in floral skirts and dresses carried babies, and Italian model Bianca Balti took to the runway heavily pregnant.

(Reporting by Isla Binnie; Editing by Rosalind Russell)

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  • This article doesn’t mention it, but Dolce & Gabanna also came out in opposition to gay marriage (hopefully they only mean gay male marriage, not lesbian marriage which is fine) and gay adoption (ditto). Congratulations to these brave homosexual men for rejecting the patriarchal, phallocratic, gynophobic attack on womanhood that is the two-father family, which is pushed by the decadent West.

    Elton John is highly problematic.

    Decolonize marriage!

  • So, Dolce cannot have his own opinion? Elton is now the expert on family?

    Another insulted gay trying to destroy a career over someone’s opposite opinion.

    Gays are turning into paranoics.

  • They’re not turning into paranoics (is that even a word?), they’re the intolerant monsters they claim everyone else are. If you don’t kowtow to an LGBT as they demand obeisance, you get to live the rest of your life in cardboard box alongside the other jobless and homeless of society.

    Lot’s neighbors are back with the same threat:

    “Get out of our way,” the pro-LGBT mob of Sodom replied. “This fellow (Lot) came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.

    Nothing like a good old fashioned ruination to make a person feel affirmed right?

    Elton wipping out the age old threat posture.

  • In a word, insecurity. When you’re confident in the rightness of your position, others’ opinions seldom make an impression, let alone motivate an attack. This is why our culture’s increasing acceptance of gay behavior does nothing to reduce gay rage and spite.

  • yeah I don’t think that’s a real word lol Do half these people know that these two men disrespecting Elton john and his husband are also gay. I guess I just don’t get it.

  • There are millions of children who are already born and would want to be in loving homes. Who is talking about these orphans and foster kids(who are already born) in need?

  • Elton, you cannot produce children (thankfully) and like it or not you are not part of the mainstream parenting society. What makes you think because you do not agree with someone else’s opinion of who should marry who, that everyone else should adhere to your opinion? Homosexuality is not normal nor will it every be. Just shut up and live your polluted life quietly.

  • So, why are Elton John’s rudely expressed opinions fodder for “Religion News Service” (or is Eckstrom now admitting the true mission of this website is babble about homosexuality?).

  • That is a perceptive paragraph there. Despite a 99.99 percent chance of winning the entire U.S. ballgame this summer, the Gay Activists are just as angry and bullying and “Gay Mafia” (comedian Bill Maher’s term) as ever. Go figure.

  • Good luck in the fashion industry after insulting one of its most influential consumer and professional bases.

    They have a right to spout their nonsense to whomever is willing to listen. They have a right to face the fallout of such statements in the public and market.

    Let’s be honest here, almost everyone chiming in supporting them would never be caught dead buying their products.

  • D&G have said this stuff before and it hasn’t hurt their careers. People who buy high-end clothes like theirs are, almost by definition, callow and superficial. They’re not really the boycotting type.

  • Something offered by the Dutch psychiatrist G J M van de Aardweg a generation ago: the sense of being injured is autonomous and has no necessary basis (or, in some cases) any basis in one’s present or past. And, of course, you have the hankering for applause. The dyad between organized homosexuality and the legal profession is most pathological and injurious to the rest of us. Posturing to and about sexual deviants is now a form of intramural status competition among professional managerial types. No clue why they did that to themselves. In return, they give the queers tools through which to abuse others.

  • Who wants to dress like Elton John? All those millions and not one hairpiece that looks remotely natural. Adopt a wig, ELT !

  • Gay rage and spite?

    Hmm, so Christians believe they can insult and attack people without any kind of reaction. Yet they get so defensive when people insult and attack them personally.

    Oh right, being Christian means never being accountable for what you say or do as long as you claim God is on your side. That great religious relativism being employed.

  • And no thanks to the anti-gay crowd trying to block adoptions, and attacks by the “procreation is the only way to create a family” crowd, many of those children languish in foster care.

    Oh right, Christians only pretend procreation is the sole form of creating families when they discuss the nature of marriage in public. I forgot how dishonest they can be in service of bigotry.

  • It can be said that there is truth to the story about the police cornering the suspect, asking, “Where were you at 7:15 this evening?”, and the suspect blasting, “I don’t know anything about that guy in the alley being shot!” The power of guilt. Dolce and Gabbana weren’t even referring to Elton John, or any homosexuals. They were talking about test tube babies in general, which are being paid for by normal couples, as well as homosexual ones. And, an interesting point, Elton John declaring that Dolce and Gabbana’s fashions are “out of step with the times”, but then adding he will never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. “Again”? He declares their styling sense “out of step with the times”, but then admits to having worn their styles?

  • I am talking about you and your buddies here. The ones talking about “gay rage” and “bullying”. The ones so up in arms that gay people are offended by nonsense bigoted statements concerning gay people.

    Oh right, you really love them bit just hate their sin. 🙂

  • I’m afraid that’s neither here nor there in this instance. As we can see here, this crowd is just as rabid when one of their own disagrees as when one of us does. And if they didn’t hear a chime of truth in that disagreement they would not care enough to try to retaliate.

  • No, you just don’t feel like being criticized for the obnoxiousness of your response and still want to claim some kind of air of smug self-satisfaction.

    Keep pretending that people like yourself are put upon by having to treat gay people as people and not some object for attack.

    Whatever.

  • Um, Larry, no one criticized me here — except you. And feel free; no skin off my nose whatsoever. But do wipe the flecks off your specs and try to re-focus on the subject of the post.

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