The backlash to the antigay, antifamily remarks of gay designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana has been swift, with a call to boycott the Italian fashion designers’ products picking up steam on social media, along with some high-profile celebrity support.
Gabbana has since taken to Instagram with more than 50 posts on Sunday to repeatedly mock the boycott and attack Elton John as a "facist," claiming he's squashing "freedom of thought" and that it's the designers who promote "tolerance" of other ideas, even saying the call for a boycott of D&G is as outrageous as would be a theoretical call to boycott John to protest his children.
Dolce and Gabbana are two of the richest gay men in the world, and social media lit up this weekend with the hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana after the business men and one-time romantic partners told Italian-language Panorama magazine that "The only family is the traditional one,” claiming that “the family is not a fad.” Dolce went on to declare that procreation "must be an act of love,” refeferring to children born through artificial insemination or egg donors as "children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses [for] rent, semen chosen from a catalog."
Out fathers Sir Elton John and Perez Hilton both publicly lambasted Dolce and Gabbana’s comments Saturday, reports the Daily Dot.
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic,'" wrote John on his Instagram account Saturday. "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 [sic] 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”
Along with his husband David Furnish, the Grammy-winning, knighted musician is raising two sons.
Fellow celebrity father Perez Hilton, who is raising a son of his own, announced he was joining the boycott on Twitter Sunday morning:
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) March 15, 2015
Other famous gay parents also quickly began sharing their outrage, including:
These designers horrifying views are never in fashion. Their clothes are as ugly as their hate. #BoycottDolceGabbana
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) March 15, 2015
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) March 15, 2015
— Dan Bucatinsky (@danbucatinsky) March 16, 2015
— Chef Art Smith (@ChefArtSmith) March 15, 2015
Now I don't feel so awful about the time I sharted my Dolce and Gabana underpants so bad I had to burn them. #BoycottDolceGabbana
— Alec Mapa (@AlecMapa) March 16, 2015