Ricky Martin won’t be wearing Dolce & Gabbana any time soon. The Puerto Rican singer has added his voice to the growing celebrities supporting Sir Elton John in his outrage over the fashion pair’s use of the word “synthetic” to describe in vitro fertilization (IVF) babies.
They also said they are against gay adoptions.
Martin, who has twin boys born via surrogate, urged the fashion greats to think about their words, using the hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana.
“@Dolcegabbana ur voices R 2powerful 2B spreading so much h8. Wake up. Its 2015 luv urselves guys,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who are both gay and were previously a couple, spoke to Italian magazine Panorama about their objections to non-traditional families, calling children conceived via IVF “chemical offsprings” and “synthetic children.”
“We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one,” the pair said in the interview. “No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
John, who has two children with husband David Furnish, called for a boycott of the fashion label in a scathing post on Instagram.
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic.' 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,” he wrote on Sunday.
In their interview, Dolce added that procreation “must be an act of love” and that “you are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be.”
Gabbana added: “The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”
The duo has previously spoken out against same-sex marriage.
Joining Martin and John in their outrage are tennis great Martina Navratilova, singer Courtney Love and fashionista Victoria Beckham.
“Sending love to Elton David Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies x vb,” the mother of four wrote on Twitter.”
Responding to the call for boycott, Gabbana issued a statement, attempting to clarify or explain their comments.
"It was never our intention to judge other people's choices. We do believe in freedom and love," the designer said. "We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it. We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people's choices.”
He said he grew up in a traditional Sicilian family and that he is “very well aware of the fact that there are other types of families” that are as “legitimate” as his own.
“But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learnt the values of love and family,” Gabbana continued. “This is the reality in which I grew up, but it does not imply that I don’t understand different ones. I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.”