“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic,'” The furious Grammy award winning singer wrote 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 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”
His comments came after Mr Dolce told Italian magazine Panorama that procreation ‘should be an act of love’, adding: ‘You are born and you have a father and mother. At least it should be like that. That’s why I’m not convinced by what I call chemical children, synthetic babies.
‘They are wombs for hire, semen chosen from a catalogue. And then you have to explain to these children who their mother is.’
On if he wanted to be a father, Dolce said: ‘I am gay. I cannot have a child. I don’t believe that you can have everything in life.’ Mr Gabbana added: ‘The family is not a fad. It is a supernatural sense of belonging.’
Along with his husband David Furnish, the gay, knighted musician is raising two sons, Zachary and Elijah who are four and two years old respectively.
Fellow celebrity father Perez Hilton, who is raising a son of his own, announced he was joining the boycott on Twitter Sunday morning. Other celeb gay parents like Ricky Martin, Alec Mapa and Ryan Murphy et al also on Twitter signified their solidarity with Elton John’s boycott of the designer’s products.
The designers Dolce and Gabbana have always opposed gay marriage, but have previously spoken of their desire to have children – in a 2005 interview, Mr Gabbana said that ‘of course’ he would want to become a father.
The next year, he also mentioned that he had asked a female friend to be a surrogate mother to his children, but added: ‘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.’