Fashion is a branch powered by visions of future and dreams of beauty. It’s an ideal world where freedom and tolerance are celebrated and encouraged. So for me it was a big schock to read that Elton John was calling to boycott Dolce&Gabbana.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the two men behind the fashion label Dolce & Gabbana questioned the wisdom of surrogate parenthood and in vitro fertilisation to make babies. Mr. Dolce said: “I’m not convinced by those I call the children of chemicals, synthetic children. Wombs for rent, sperm chosen from a catalogue … psychiatrists are not ready to confront the effects of this experimentation.”
Elton John reacted furiously to the comments and his call for a boycott was backed by other celebrities including former tennis player Martina Navratilova and the singer Ricky Martin.
Suddenly all the important moments that the entertainment industry stood for freedom of speech and freedom of choice was in vain. Following the uproar, Mr. Gabbana said: “We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it.” Bravo!
Mr Dolce said: “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. But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learnt the values of love and family.”
In fact, in 2006, Mr. Dolce had made a similar comments on In Vitro Fertilization: “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.”
Everyone can have and express his opinion. Sir Elton John, in a radical atittude, lost the opportunity to start a tolerant dialog. Instead, he opened fire upon the two men. In this case, Je suis Dolce&Gabanna. What’s your opinion?