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