A story that exploded over the weekend – many are now calling for the boycott of a fashion giant after shockingly cruel comments were made about same-sex families and children born via IVF and surrogacy.
When designers Dolce and Gabbana were recently interviewed by Italian magazine Panorama, they let their opinions about the “modern family” be known in no uncertain terms. Their statements were translated to read:
“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.”
“You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be,” Dolce went on to say. “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.”
Gabbana added, ““The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”
The comments have understandably outraged many, whether their lives have been touched by alternate family building options or not. One person who has been particularly outspoken in response is Sir Elton John, who is famously raising two young sons with his husband David Furnish thanks to a gestational carrier. He’s calling for a full boycott of the fashion empire.
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic,’” he said, taking to his Instagram account. “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.”
It probably goes without saying that anyone who’s been able to embrace the freedom of building their family in this way was shocked and offended by Dolce and Gabbana’s closed-minded and even dangerous view. It’s narrow and cruel to imply that a family – worse, a child – isn’t as genuine or true because they were born through the help of a team. To imply that a child is not as worthy of love or a place in a family because of their origin is not only dated, it’s bigotry in action.
Here at ConceiveAbilities, we celebrate the unique beginnings of children born via IVF. We embrace the families who were built based on a love so strong that they would stop at nothing until they were complete. It’s time to honor and celebrate the modern family and, while this particular incident is unfortunate, it’s exciting to see how many others around the world agree.
This situation is opening up the conversation in a surprising and very heated way. We want to know your thoughts, too – please share in the comments.