Elton John is furious with the founders of Dolce & Gabbana.
On Saturday night the music legend called for a boycott of the luxury fashion house after its founders, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, said they opposed same-sex marriage and gay adoptions in an interview with an Italian magazine.
“You are born to a mother and a father. Or at least that’s how it should be,” the pair told Panorama in the interview published last week. “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalog.”
The comments didn’t sit well with John who is married to longtime partner David Furnish. The couple has two sons through a surrogate.
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic,'” John wrote in a lengthy statement posted on his Instagram page (see below). “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.”
Dolce and Gabbana were a couple for 23 years before breaking-up in 2005. Despite their sexuality, they have previously spoken out against same-sex marriage.
Music sensation Ricky Martin also took issue with the comments in a tweet and accused the designers of spreading hate and telling them to “Wake up, It’s 2015.”
Below are several reactions to the designers’ comments:
These designers horrifying views are never in fashion. Their clothes are as ugly as their hate. #BoycottDolceGabbana
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) March 15, 2015
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) March 15, 2015
— Al Roker (@alroker) March 15, 2015
I just round up all my Dolce & Gabbana items and want to burn them. I'm just beyond words and… https://t.co/p92ZjNeSj4
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) March 15, 2015
Following the backlash, the designers issued a statement to the Associated Press on Sunday afternoon to clarify their remarks.
“It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love,” Gabbana said.
Dolce added that his comments were based on his experience growing up in a traditional Sicilian family “made up of a mother, a father and children. I am very well aware of the fact that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one I’ve known.”