Things just got even uglier in Elton John’s public feud with Dolce & Gabbana. After the singer called for a boycott of the designers over their comments concerning gay adoption and children conceived through IVF, Dolce & Gabbana hit back with a boycott campaign of their own.
Stefano Gabbana is marshalling his supporters with the hashtag #BoycottEltonJohn.
The score so far: More than 30,000 retweets for #BoycottDolceGabbana and 1,500 for #BoycottEltonJohn.
Here’s the story according to The BBC.
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The dust-up started after Gabbana and long-time business partner Domenico Dolce gave an interview to Italian news magazine Panorama in which they said they oppose gay adoptions. “The only family is the traditional one,” said the designers, who were a couple for more than two decades.
They also criticized IVF and the use of surrogate parents, saying “no chemical offspring and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
Said Dolce: “You are born to a mother and a father – or at least that's how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.”
John led critics by slamming the designers on his Instagram page. He and husband David Furnish are the parents of two children.
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic,’” he wrote. “And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF - a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children.”
He signed the message with #BoycottDolceGabbana.”
On Monday Gabbana fought back on his Instagram page by posting “Fascist!” with his call to #boycotteltonjohn.