Madonna and Elton John put aside former rivalry to shame fashion house Dolce & Gabbana after Domenico Dolce calls children born from IVF "synthetic"
This week in news that makes you go ugh: In an interview with Panorama magazine, Domenico Dolce (of fashion house Dolce & Gabbana) called IVF children "synthetic".
In case you missed it, the designer also spoke out on gay adoption, admitting he was against it: "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." He continued saying that people 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."
Is your jaw on the floor yet? Pick it up and consider this: Sir Elton John—the father of two children with long-time partner and husband, David Furnish—quickly turned to Instagram to speak out against the fashion duo, asking celebs and supporters to #BoycottDolceGabbana. "How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic'... your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions ... 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."
Celebs have come to Sir Elton's side. To prove this important issue goes beyond petty spats, his one-time rival Madonna took the singer's side in this contreversy, posting her support (alongside a photo of her campaign for the designer's 2010/11 Fall/Winter collection). "There is nothing synthetic about a soul! So how can we dismiss IVF and surrogacy? ... Think before you speak."
Should you boycott Dolce & Gabbana? Between daycare, ballet and soccer practice, mortgage and family vacation, we're guessing the label isn't in many parents' budgets. But even if it was, Elton John, Madonna and other celebs like Glee creator Ryan Murphy have a point: Anyone who claims IVF children are any different than children conceived naturally, isn't a brand to support.
Regardless if it's a gay or straight couple or a single person who wants to have a baby on his or her own, IVF continues to be a completely valid way to have a family. While Dolce continues to attribute his Italian background and the way he was raised to stand-up for his statement, we're busy raising our kids to be more open-minded and supportive of all families and children—no matter how they were made.