Courtney Love, Other Celebs Boycott Dolce & Gabbana
After designers' comments on gay families
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 17, 2015 8:35 AM CDT
This Jan. 11, 2014 photo shows Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce, right, and Stefano Gabbana after a men's Autumn-Winter 2014 collection, part of Milan Fashion Week in Italy.   (Antonio Calanni)

(Newser) – From the Oscars red carpet to the TV smash Empire, Dolce & Gabbana is everywhere in Hollywood. But might that soon change? Several celebrities have joined the boycott bandwagon launched by Elton John after fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana criticized same-sex parents and the use of in vitro fertilization in an Italian magazine, calling the resulting children "synthetic." Courtney Love, Ricky Martin, talk-show host Andy Cohen, and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy are among those pledging to ditch their Dolce & Gabbana clothes and support the boycott. "My D&G shirts are going in the bin- don't want ANYONE to wear them," tennis star Martina Navratilova posted on Twitter.

Murphy said not only will he personally cease to wear the brand, he won't allow the characters in any of his shows to wear it, either. Notes blogger Perez Hilton, "If a stylist or a celebrity has a choice of a designer to wear right now, I don't think anybody will be choosing Dolce & Gabbana. Because they haven't just offended gay people, they've offended people across the board." Dolce and Gabbana—who are both gay and were previously in a relationship with each other—issued a statement Sunday about their comments in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama supporting traditional families: "It was never our intention to judge other people's choices. We do believe in freedom and love," Gabbana said. Dolce added that while he grew up with both a mother and a father, "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." He added that he was expressing his personal views "without judging other people's choices."