Op Ed: Dolce & Gabbana’s Not So Dolce Statement
I wake up in the AM and I’ve got somewhat a routine. My phone lays underneath my pillow (strategically placed there so I can hear my alarm clock, right in my ear). Since I usually have like 10 alarms and the phone is conveniently in my hand I open my social apps, usually Twitter first to see what everyone is up in arms about that day.
Today the rant was all about Dolce & Gabbana. Long story (or interview) short, they said some really hurtful things about IVF.
The couple stated (quote via Washington Post):
“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 said. “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.”
Gabbana concurred, adding, “The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”
This pretty much caused a stir in the celeb circle with Elton John speaking out on Instagram asking others to boycott the fashion house, and others like Ricky Martin and Victoria Beckham backing Sir Elton John through various social media platforms. And so #BoycottDolceGabbana became a “thing”.
Are Dolce & Gabbana allowed to have an opinion about anything they so desire to? Yes they should. I love free speech just like the next person does. However, I think that when you’re a public figure, especially a fashion house who may or may not depend on celeb endorsement, there is a way to state your opinion without being harsh, cruel and demeaning. They could have chosen better words and could have perhaps been more sensitive to not insult the millions of couples who resort to alternate forms of fertility treatments to create families.
The statement was judgmental and deprives people of understanding the fertility experience, deducing family to the word “fad.” I highly doubt that men and women around the globe go through the emotional stress, and financial burden of IVF because they want to be part of a “fad”.
Considering that Dolce and Gabbana are both homosexual men who don’t have children and perhaps do not want them, they should have been sensitive and approached the topic (which most likely came up because of their runway homage to mothers at Milan Fashion Week) from a more professional and well-spoken manner.
Alas, I do not agree with the sentiments of these men, but I am sure millions do and that’s okay. Everyone is allowed to believe what they want without hurting the beliefs of others. Especially referring to children as “synthetic” as if they were a fabric for a garment they’re creating.
It was cold, callous and honestly stupid of them to word their thoughts in such a manner.
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