Stars come out in force to support Elton John’s Dolce and Gabbana boycott

Stars of the film and music world have spoken out in support of Sir Elton John’s boycott of Dolce and Gabbana after their comments about IVF-born children. The singer, who has two sons with husband David Furnish, ripped into the Italian fashion designers on Instagram saying: “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’.” Domenico Dolce’s and Stefano Gabbana’s remarks were attributed to an interview with Panorama magazine in Italy, where they criticised same-sex families and the use of fertility treatment. Responding to the boycott, Gabbana said in a statement that “it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love”.

We strongly dispute the comments made by Dolce and Gabbana. Being a good parent has nothing to do with sexual orientation or whether a child has two mums or two dads. The important is a loving family, whatever its make up.

Chief executive of the LGBT rights charity Stonewall, Ruth Hunt

Hollywood actress Sharon Stone tweeted: “To spending [sic] time raging against a closed mind is to waste oneself, a self that can be better spent loving where that love has been removed. #boycottdolceandgabbana.” Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, whose twin sons were born to a surrogate mother, wrote: “@dolcegabbana ur voices R 2powerfull 2B spreading so much h8. Wake up, its 2015. Luv urselves guys #boycottdolcegabbana.” Courtney Love wrote: “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.”

Wow - I had no idea. It will be interesting to see if this ridiculousness hurts them in the bank. BoycottDolceGabbana.

Former tennis star Martina Navratilova