Like that looming cyclone barrelling through Dorothy Gale’s Kansas, the outcry over controversial remarks made by designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana continues to gust thanks to new remarks made earlier today by Gabbana.
The story first picked up steam late last week when The New Civil Rights Movement released a transcription of a recent interview the duo gave in which they were quoted as saying, “The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
The story made headlines throughout the LGBT community before the rocket man himself, Sir Elton John, decided to crash land on planet “Really, bitch?” advocating a boycott of the brand using hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana.
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. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana
Other celebrities quickly got on board.
These designers horrifying views are never in fashion. Their clothes are as ugly as their hate. #BoycottDolceGabbana
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) March 15, 2015
Sending love to Elton David Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies x vb
— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) March 16, 2015
Just round up all my Dolce & Gabbana pieces, I want to burn them. I’m just beyond words and emotions. Boycott senseless bigotry! #boycottD&G
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) March 15, 2015
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) March 15, 2015
Gabbana continued on his quest to make the world his enemy by calling John a fascist on twitter.
Earlier today, Gabbana tried to backpedal with an apology:
We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it. We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love.
I am very well aware of the fact that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one I’ve known. But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learned the values of love and family.
This is the reality in which I grew up, but it does not imply that I don’t understand different ones. I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.”
Then, just hours ago, Gabbana spoke out again, this time to Corriere Della Sera, labeling Sir Elton’s remarks “unenlightened” and “ignorant.”
I didn’t expect this, coming from someone whom I considered, and I stress “considered”, an intelligent person like Elton John. I mean, you preach understanding, tolerance and then you attack others? Only because someone has a different opinion? Is this a democratic or enlightened way of thinking?
This is ignorance, because he ignores the fact that others might have a different opinion and that theirs is as worthy of respect as his.
Gabbana has dedicated over 50 Instagram posts to the controversy, some in defense of his stance and others in an attempt to cast humor on the controversy.
While we agree that Gabbana should have the right to freedom of opinion, we’re going to exercise a right of our own: The freedom to boycott.