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Stefano Gabanna calls Sir Elton John ‘fascist’ and ‘ignorant’

Naith Payton March 17, 2015
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Stefano Gabbana has hit back at Sir Elton John’s over his boycott of Dolce and Gabbana.

The musician called for a boycott over Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s views on IVF and gay parenting. Despite being gay themselves – they were previously in a relationship with each other – the fashion designers said they opposed gay adoption, IVF and surrogacy.

Sir Elton, whose two children with husband David Furnish were conceived via IVF, particualry objected to their idea of “synthetic children“. He said: “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.”

Mr Gabbana said to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: “‘I didn’t expect this. I didn’t expect this, coming from someone whom I considered, and I stress ‘considered,’ an intelligent person like Elton John.

”I mean, you preach understanding, tolerance and then you attack others? Only because someone has a different opinion? Is this a democratic or enlightened way of thinking? This is ignorance, because he ignores the fact that others might have a different opinion and that theirs is as worthy of respect as his.

”It would be ridiculous. Either you like somebody’s songs or you don’t. When you go to the greengrocer’s, you don’t make sure that he agrees with your views on IVF. You just want to know if he has fresh products.

”This whole campaign came up online. It was created by a group of gay activists who put into our mouths words we never said. It became bigger and bigger. We are not boycotting and we will not boycott anyone.

”It’s like people who go to a football game to insult their opponents. That doesn’t make any sense. That’s preposterous.”

 

”It’s an authoritarian way of seeing the world – agree with me or, if you don’t, I’ll attack you.

”I even posted the word ‘Fascist!’ on his Instagram.

Speaking of whether he would boycott Sir Elton’s music, he said: “It would be ridiculous. Either you like somebody’s songs or you don’t. When you go to the greengrocer’s, you don’t make sure that he agrees with your views on IVF. You just want to know if he has fresh products.

”This whole campaign came up online. It was created by a group of gay activists who put into our mouths words we never said. It became bigger and bigger. We are not boycotting and we will not boycott anyone.

”It’s like people who go to a football game to insult their opponents. That doesn’t make any sense. That’s preposterous.”

 

Celebrities such Victoria Beckham and Courteny Love have joined Sir Elton in boycotting the fashion label.

Professional controversial figure Katie Hopkins called Sir Elton “intolerant”.

 

Related topics: Dolce and Gabbana, Domenico Dolce, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Europe, fashion, Italy, Sir Elton John, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Stefano Gabbana

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