In a celebrity-backed smear campaign started by Elton John in the wake of Dolce & Gabbana’s comment, “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,” the invective continues to intensify with Madonna–a devoted Dolce & Gabbana follower–siding, for once, with John, who must find it strange to be on the same side as a woman he once called “best live fucking act? Fuck off.”
Although one would think that, because Dolce & Gabbana are gay, they would not say such things, one also needs to take into account the fact that they are, first and foremost, Italian. And, if you know anything about Italians, you know that Catholicism, and therefore, the traditional family, is ingrained in their being–homo or no homo.
Apparently, no one initially noticed the statement behind D&G’s Fall/Winter 2015/16 runway show, punctuated by ethereal, no frills women carrying babies down the runway, making it quite clear from the outset that the duo was reiterating their beliefs about what a “real family” should be.
While Stefano and Domenico both said some offensive things, it was the former who seemed filled with the most prejudice, stating, “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.” And soon after came the clamoring, from Elton to Ricky Martin and every gay celeb or gay icon in between. While it’s sort of admirable that Dolce and Gabbana imagined they could speak so freely, it’s a true tragedy that they didn’t first consider the well-being of their brand before expressing themselves. Now, they’re going the way of Galliano.