National Commentary

Boycott Dolce & Gabana

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Stupidity never goes out of fashion. This much was confirmed after Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, a gay Italian couple that designs overpriced clothes, viciously smeared gay families. The traitors’ words were identical to ugly attacks used by anti-gay activists.

In an interview with Italian magazine Panorama, Dolce and Gabbana said, “We oppose gay adoptions. 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.”

If this weren’t insulting enough, the designers called people born through In vitro fertilization “synthetic children.”

In the parlance of their profession, the sickening words just didn’t fit. This is a gay couple in a profession known for welcoming homosexuals, stabbing their colleagues in the back by offering ignorant slurs and trotting out the right wing party line.

The reaction to their calumny was swift and unrelenting. Pop star Elton John read them the riot act, calling their remarks “archaic thinking.” John said he would never again wear D&G clothing.

The singer has good reason to be incensed. He is raising two sons with his husband David Furnish. John has joined other activists by calling for a boycott. This could devastate their business by turning the D&G brand into poison. While a southern fast food company like Chick-fil-A might be able to get away with homophobia, there aren’t too many rednecks wearing D&G. By sliming LGBT families, they have put a dagger through the heart of their customer base. No self-respecting gay person could ever wear D&G again. And no decent friend of gay people would be caught dead wearing the offending fashion.

What was most stunning was the total lack of self-awareness. Dolce replied to the controversy by saying:

“I’m Sicilian and I grew up in a traditional 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. But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learnt the values of love and family.”

How strange, to have a gay couple of two decades parroting former Pope Benedict’s conservative propaganda. If Dolce and Gabbana want to support the “traditional” Catholic model of family, they at least could be consistent by breaking up and marrying women. Their current position is bizarre, hypocritical, incongruent, and smacks of severe self-loathing.

Sensing that their nonsense may compromise their business, Gabbana responded to John:

“I wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t expecting it from someone like Elton John I used to think – and I stress ‘used to’ – was intelligent. What’s going on? You preach understanding. You preach tolerance. And then you put the knife in? All because someone else doesn’t see things your way? Is that supposed to be a democratic way of thinking? Enlightened? He’s ignorant, in the sense that he denies ways of seeing things that may not be his but are just as deserving of respect.”

Except these backward views – equal parts foolish and harmful – are not worthy of respect. I just love how idiots like Dolce and Gabbana unconscionably trash other people – even their children – and then balk when there are consequences. The pop star is simply informing consumers before they ultimately make the choice of what to purchase. What John is suggesting is democratic and the epitome of the free market.

The delusional designers don’t seem to get that they have made life more difficult for many children. They are providing fodder for the Religious Right so they can pass laws against LGBT families. They are also inadvertently encouraging school bullies. Does anyone doubt that today, somewhere, a kid being raised by a gay couple was called a “synthetic child” on the playground?

The fact is, virtually every study shows that kids raised in homes with gay parents are just as happy, healthy and successful as other children. By carelessly labeling gay families as defective, Dolce and Gabbana should not be surprised when people reject their clothing label.

Personally, I’m on board with a boycott. I would rather ice skate naked during a Chicago blizzard than wear their tainted clothes. Instead of Dolce and Gabana, they should change their brand to Dunce and Goober.


Wayne Besen is a columnist and author of the book “Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth.”