“We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one.”
“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.”
“The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”
The above statements were spoken by Domenico Dolce and Steffano Gabbana of the Dolce&Gabbana brand. These are two men who are proudly and openly gay and at one time were a couple. This statement aggravated Sir Elton John so much so that he called for a boycott of D&G items and many celebrities went with him on this one.
This has sparked a lot of debate online with some calling into question D&G’s right to make such statements while others questioned John’s reaction to them.
My take on the issue is this:
- Does Dolce and Gabbana have a right to say what they said? Yes, they do. There’s freedom of speech, right?
- Is the manner in which they said it within context? No, it wasn’t. There are a lot of people out there who are facing one reproductive challenge or the other, so, they rely on methods like the IVF, artificial insemination and surrogacy to fulfill their wishes of parenting children.
- Was Sir Elton right to take offense? Yes, he does. The guy has two such “synthetic” babies.
- Was he right in calling for a boycott of the D&G brand? I don’t think so. You don’t attack someone’s means of livelihood because his opinion is parallel to yours.
I think the point the fashion moguls were trying to make is that if you have chosen to be gay, it’s okay but trying to escape the consequences of your choice by circumventing the natural way of bringing children into the world is not okay and they have the right to have such opinion.
Everyone doesn’t have to love the unconventional things being forced down our throats on a daily basis by the western world. If it’s not homosexuality, its the transgender thing or something connected with bisexuality.
As individuals with different ideals, backgrounds, upbringing, etc, differences in opinion must exist and we just have to find a way to respect each others views and when making ours, to do so in a manner that isn’t offensive.