For those of you that shop Dolce and Gabbana, Elton John is asking you to not buy the $265 a pair underwear or anything else from now on. Seriously? On their website, a pair of underwear ranges from $265 to $485 dollars! No wonder they are filthy rich. I don't think I want to buy a pair of undies that are much as my Audi car payment.
But the overpriced items on their website is not what Sir Elton John is fuming about. Elton is calling for a boycott of everything they touch due to some polarizing comments made by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in a recent interview with Panorama Magazine.
The two men whose business partnership—and one-time romantic partnership—lies behind one of the world's great fashion powerhouses, have declared that “The only family is the traditional one.”
“The family is not a fad,” Gabbana told the interviewer. “In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”
Procreation “must be an act of love.” Children born through artificial insemination or egg donors are “children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses for rent, semen chosen from a catalog,” Dolce said.
“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.”
Domenico and Stefano were for years perhaps the globe's most prominent gay power couple. In the tightly knit, family-based, quasi-aristocratic world of Italian fashion, these two men came from nowhere to make a name for themselves that the whole world would recognize. – Firstthings.com
I'm far from desiring to buy anything Dolce and Gabbana and at this time and I am far from having a child or looking into In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with a partner or a surrogate, of which I have neither. Elton might as well ask me to boycott buying a Ferrari car or Breitling watch. But to those of us that choose to purchase and can afford to purchase a $415 to $995 shirt, Elton is asking you to boycott the brand.
So what was Elton John's response? He tweeted:
Do you agree with the call to boycott D&G?
Or do you agree with D&G's statement? It's free speech right?
Do you think there should be more done than a boycott? I can't touch them since I don't buy anything they sell. What about stores that carry their brand? Should they join the boycott? No more Macy's?
And what about the straight community? Will they join the boycott? These statements are toward them and their use of IVF, too.