Dolce & Gabbana: Boycotting Us Is 'Medieval'

Italian designers talk to CNN
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2015 9:29 AM CDT
Domenico Dolce, right, and Stefano Gabbana gesture at the end of their men's Spring-Summer 2014 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Saturday, June 22, 2013.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

(Newser) – Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are continuing their explanation tour after calling kids born via IVF "synthetic." In an interview today, Dolce told CNN that though he does "believe in the traditional family," he doesn't judge those who use IVF. His fashion designer partner Gabbana, for his part, said he doesn't have "anything bad" against IVF, "because the beauty of the world is freedom." Dolce, CNN notes, is the one who initially made the "synthetic" comment, as well as using terms like "chemistry children," "wombs for rent," and "sperm selected from a catalog." Gabbana, though, was the one who responded to Elton John's call for a boycott of the Dolce & Gabbana brand by calling for a counter-boycott of John because everyone should have the "freedom to speak."

"Boycott Dolce & Gabbana for what?" Gabbana said to CNN. "They don't think like you? This is correct? This is not correct. We are in 2015. This is like medieval. It's not correct." But Dolce said he's not boycotting John ("I love the music of Elton John") and further explained that his views were based on his Sicilian upbringing and "it is impossible to change my culture for something different. It's me." But, he added, "I respect all the world, all the culture." Gabbana added that the designers—who are gay and were a couple until 2005—"love gay couple. We are gay. We love gay couple. We love gay adoption. We love everything. It's just an express of my private point of view." Added Dolce, "Every people [has] freedom for choosing what they want. This for me is democracy. I respect you because you choose what you want. I respect me because I choose what I want... This just my point of private view."

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