Stars including Victoria Beckham and Sharon Stone have joined leading gay rights campaigners to throw their support behind Sir Elton John in his clash with fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana.
The dispute hit headlines over the weekend (14-15Mar15) when the “Your Song” star criticised Italian style moguls Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana over a magazine interview in which they called children born via in vitro fertilisation (IVF) “chemical offsprings” from a “rented uterus”. Both designers have since spoken out to clarify their remarks, insisting they did not mean to slur gay families, but Sir Elton, who is father to two sons with his partner David Furnish, is receiving growing support via social media.
His calls to boycott the fashion house have been backed by fellow gay dads including Ricky Martin and Glee creator Ryan Murphy, as well as rocker Courtney Love, who threatened to burn her Dolce & Gabbana clothes, while more stars are now wading into the dispute. Sir Elton’s close pal Victoria Beckham backed him in a tweet, writing, “Sending love to Elton, David (their sons) Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies,” while Hollywood actress Stone writes, “To spending (sic) time raging against a closed mind is to waste oneself, a self that can be better spent loving where that love has been removed… #boycottdolceandgabbana.”
British singer Jessie Ware calls the fashion pair’s comments “disgraceful and extremely disappointing,” while others backing Sir Elton include gay stars John Barrowman and Matt Lucas. A representative for gay rights campaign group Stonewall tells Sky News, “We strongly dispute the comments made by Dolce & Gabbana. Being a good parent has nothing to do with sexual orientation or whether a child has two mums or two dads.”
Activist Peter Tatchell writes in a post on Twitter.com, “#DolceAndGabanna should read new research, Modern Families. It proves kids of LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual & transgender) parents flourish despite stigma…” Campaigners in Dolce & Gabbana’s native Italy have also spoken out. Flavio Romani, head of gay rights organisation Arcigay, tells Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, “Their position is absolutely personal and it contradicts the global movement for adoption and gay rights. Gay people have the right to be considered equal to others, in bringing up a child.”