Elton John: Boycott Dolce & Gabbana

Singer outraged by 'synthetic children' comments
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2015 1:37 AM CDT
Elton John: Boycott Dolce & Gabbana
In this Jan. 11, 2014, photo, Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce, right, and Stefano Gabbana acknowledge the applause of the audience at a Milan Fashion Week event.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

The gay men behind fashion icon Dolce & Gabbana have spoken out against gay couples having children—and Elton John says he will never wear their clothes again. The singer joined gay rights groups in calling for a boycott of the label after Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana criticized IVF and non-traditional families in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama, reports USA Today. "We oppose gay adoptions," the pair said, according to the Telegraph. "The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: Life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed." They also called people born through IVF "synthetic children."

John, who is raising two sons with husband David Furnish, slammed the designers for their "archaic thinking," for calling his children "synthetic," and for "wagging their fingers" on IVF—"a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children." Dolce and Gabbana—who dated each other for more than 20 years—backtracked a little after controversy erupted, reports the Guardian. "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," Dolce said. "But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learnt the values of love and family." (More Elton John stories.)

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