Celebrities Boycott Dolce & Gabbana After Ridiculously Offensive ‘Traditional Family’ Tirade

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dolce-and-gabbana-store-frontDolce & Gabbana may be on the cutting edge of fashion, but they’re certainly behind the times when it comes to gay rights and modern families. According to Advocate, designers Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana, both openly gay, recently told Italian magazine Panorama that they don’t believe in marriage equality or in gay couples raising children, stating ‘the only family is the traditional family.’

Dolce went on to declare that procreation ‘must be an act of love,’ referring to children born through artificial insemination or egg donors as ‘children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses [for] rent, semen chosen from a catalog.’

The comments sparked outrage throughout Hollywood, most vocally from Elton John, who took to Instagram to voice his opinions and call for a boycott of the brand. He wrote:

“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic.’ And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil [sic] their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce & Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana”

Since Elton John’s initial post, many others have followed suit. A search of the hashtag yields hundreds of results, including tweets from big names like Perez Hilton, Ryan Murphy, Ricky Martin, and others. 

#TakeTheHateOffTheRunway#BoycottDolceGabbana We are family,we are strong,we are [email protected]

— Chef Art Smith (@ChefArtSmith) March 15, 2015

Stefano Gabbana responded yesterday with more than 50 Instagram posts on the subject, referring to Elton John as a ‘facist’ and accusing him of policing ‘freedom of thought.’

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