Dolce & Gabbana's Bigoted Rant Against Gays, IVF Children Infuriates Fans

Dolce & Gabbana's namesake designers face a PR disaster as the Internet rallies against the brand.


Renowned Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are under a lot of heat for some supremely archaic ideas about what makes a family.

Sir Elton John launched a boycott campaign against the brand, which led to a tide of Twitter support and celebrities throwing their D&G goods away. Courtney Love even threatened to set her designer clothes on fire, as the “Boycott Dolce Gabbana” tag trends higher on Twitter.

The backlash all started when the designers, who are both gay themselves, voiced their disapproval at the notion of “nontraditional” same-sex families. Then, according to many critics, they went over the line by calling children conceived through IVF "synthetic."

Speaking to an Italian outlet Panorama, the designers expressed their ideas regarding the unconventional families, saying that gay people shouldn’t adopt kids or have "chemical children" by using "wombs for rent."

“We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one,” they said. “You are born to a mother and a father – or at least that’s how it should be.”

Dolce added, “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children.”

Legendary singer Sir Elton John, who has two sons with his husband David Furnish, was the first big name to publicly condemn the designers and call for a boycott against them. 

No one takes it lightly when their children are called “synthetic,” so other celebrities and general public also joined forces to slam Dolce and Gabbana for their insensitive statements.

Meanwhile, Gabbana issued an apology. The designer claimed that the pair didn't mean to offend anyone.

“It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love,” the press statement read.

But before that (certainly PR flack approved) apology, Gabbana went on the defensive, posting message after message on his Instagram about freedom of speech – even one that read "Je Suis D&G," a reference to the Charlie Hebdo massacre where terrorists murdered magazine staff in Paris. 

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