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Elton John calls for a boycott of Dolce and Gabbana

“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.”

Elton John (right) and husband David Furnish - Credit: Ward Morrison/Metro Weekly

Elton John (right) and husband David Furnish – Credit: Ward Morrison/Metro Weekly

Elton John, in a Instagram post over the weekend, furiously responding to comments made by gay fashion designers (and former couple) Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, condemning in-vitro fertilization (“You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog,” Dolce said in the article). The pair also claimed, “we oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one.”

Gabbana responded to John’s Instagram post by labelling him a “Fascist!” 

On Monday, to counter the growing negative publicity (#BoycottDolceGabbana was the top trending hashtag on Twitter for much of the day), Gabbana put forth a statement via Instagram: “We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices…. We do believe in freedom and love.”

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