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.”
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
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.
These designers horrifying views are never in fashion. Their clothes are as ugly as their hate. #BoycottDolceGabbana— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) March 15, 2015
I just round up all my Dolce & Gabbana items and want to burn them. I'm just beyond words and… https://t.co/p92ZjNeSj4— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) March 15, 2015
IVF babies synthetic? This is not a gay issue, it's a human issue! Lots of friends have had IVF kids - gay and straight #boycottdolcegabbana— Simon Kaston (@simonkaston) March 15, 2015
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.