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Dolce and Gabbana Face Social Media Slogans and Slander from Elton John

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Dolce and Gabbana have potentially damaged their brand after a disagreement on Instagram with Elton John.

Dolce and Gabbana have never been the quiet, reserved types. Since their launch in 1985 they have always found ways to be at the heart of controversy.

In 2007 the designers were criticized for their controversial ad campaign which resembled and glorified gang rape. In 2012, they sparked protests that lasted several days, when Hong Kong citizens were banned from taking photographs of window displays in Dolce & Gabbana’s Hong Kong stores.

Having been quiet for a short while, it seemed only fitting that D&G would rock the boat some more. They have now slammed gay marriage and IVF treatment.

The comment that generated debate began in an interview for Panorama magazine where Domenico Dolce said: “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 wombs, semen chosen from a catalogue.”

They went on to say “We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one.

Woops.

Dolce and Gabbana were actually in a romantic relationship for over 20 years, so it’s quite a shock to hear something like this coming from them. Perhaps, they’ve just grown bitter with age and failed relationships. None the less, their comments offended thousands and in particular, Sir Elton John.

John, who has two children with his husband David Furnish, spoke up on Instagram and said “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as synthetic?” He continued, “Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions,” good one Elton. He finished with: “I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana

#BoycottDolceGabbana was trending nationally on Twitter by Monday morning. Other celebs had got on board, including Courtney Love and Glee creator Ryan Murphy.

Love claimed she’d be burning all her D&G clothes, whilst Murphy called their clothes “as ugly as their hate.

Slightly embarrassingly, Gabbana stepped in to diffuse the situation by calling Elton John a “facist” and attempting to #BoycottEltonJohn. Despite, the desperate attempts and the dozens of pictures and comments posted to “back up” D&G’s point, #BoycottEltonJohn really didn’t take off. Obviously.

In total, #BoycottEltonJohn was used in about 1,500 tweets (mostly from Italians), whilst #BoycottDolceGabbana featured on Twitter over 30,000 times.

Eventually, the pair had to give in. They released apologetic statements. Dolce blaming the culture differences: “I’m Sicilian and I grew up in a traditional family,” and Gabbana claiming it was all just a misunderstanding: “It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love.”

Nice recovery boys.


Megan Herdson
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Dolce and Gabbana Face Social Media Slogans and Slander from Elton John Reviewed by Megan Herdson on Thursday, March 19, 2015 Rating: 5
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