"We oppose gay adoptions – the only family is the traditional one,” said legendary fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabanna in an interview with Panorama, reported The Telegraph.
Dolce told the Italian magazine that procreation “must be an act of love” and added, “You are born to a mother and a father – or at least that’s how it should be.”
Children born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children," said Dolce. "Uteruses for rent, semen chosen from a catalog. Psychiatrists are not ready to confront the effects of this experimentation."
A statement that ordinarily would cause controversy has fanned vitriolic flames, because the pair making this statement are a gay couple who dated for 23 years (and broke up in 2005.)
“I am gay, I cannot have a child. I guess you cannot have everything in life," Dolce said. "No chemical offspring and rented uterus: life has a natural course, some things cannot be changed. One is the family.”
Gabbana added: “The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”
After his split with Dolce in 2006, Gabbana had considered using a surrogate mother for his child. But he says he didn’t want his child to have two gay parents: "A child needs a mother and a father.”
“I could not imagine my childhood without my mother,” said Gabbana. “I also believe that it is cruel to take a baby away from its mother."
Sir Elton John, who has two children through IVF with his partner David Furnish, voiced his disapproval with an angry Instagram post and called for a boycott of Dolce and Gabanna fashions saying, “I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again.”
Gabbana then posted:
The Telegraph interpreted this post, a photo of a mother with a child wrapped around her legs, as a response to Elton John.
To underline his point, though, Gabanna has been reposting articles about their interview and Elton John’s boycott.
“Each of us is free to express themselves as they see fit without offending anybody! Long live freedom of thought,” wrote Gabanna.