Sir Elton John and Courtney Love are among the celebrities who have hit back at comments made by designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
In an interview with Italian news magazine Panorama, the duo, who split after a long relationship in 2005, strongly spoke out against same-sex parents.
“We oppose gay adoptions. 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 are quoted as stating.
Dolce went on to add that children born via egg donors or artificial insemination are “children of chemistry, synthetic children”, adding: “Uteri [for] rent, semen chosen from a catlogue”.
Gabbana concluded: “The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”
Reacting to the news, Sir Elton called for a Dolce and Gabbana boycott, writing:
How dare you refer to my beautiful children as “synthetic”. And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana
Gabbana responded directly on Sir Elton’s Instagram post, branding him a “fascist”, adding a hashtag to boycott the father of two.
Courtney Love echoed his call, stating that she wanted to “burn” any items she owned.
Gabbana first spoke of his views in 2006, stating: “I am opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents. A child needs a mother and a father. I could not imagine my childhood without my mother. I also believe that it is cruel to take a baby away from its mother.”