When they criticized same-sex parenting and the method of conceiving children via artificial insemination, Dolce & Gabbana founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana say it was not their intention to judge other people’s choices which prompted controversy on Sunday and a scathing response from Elton John.
The acclaimed singer-songwriter, who raises two sons born to a surrogate mother with husband David Furnish, had said, “Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions.” John’s contemptuous remarks included a call to boycott the luxury designer label.
According to the U.K. newspaper, The Guardian, Dolce said in a statement that while his own family was “traditional”, that 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,” he explained. “I’m Sicilian and I grew up in a traditional family, made up of a mother, a father and children. 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 learnt the values of love and family.”
Gabbana in his own statement said, “It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in love and freedom,” according to the newspaper.
“We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it,” he added.
Neither designer mentioned John.
The famous designers made their infamous comments in the Italian magazine Panorama. Gabbana called children conceived via insemination a method used by both same-sex pairs and heterosexual couples,” synthetic”
He added, “The only family is the traditional one.” While his business partner commented, “Life has its natural course, there are things that must not be changed. And one of these is the family”
John’s call to boycott Dolce & Gabbana drew support from a number of celebrities, which includes fellow gay parents Ricky Martin and Ryan Murphy along with Sharon Stone, a mother of three adopted sons.