Celebs back Elton John’s D&G boycott

Elton John with his husband, David Furnish

Victoria Beckham and Courtney Love have backed Elton John’s call for a boycott of fashion brand Dolce and Gabbana after the designers labelled children born via IVF “synthetic”.

The songwriter, who has two children with husband David Furnish, rebuked the Italian pair for criticising same-sex families and the use of fertility treatment.

Business partners Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who are gay and were formerly a couple, previously criticised same-sex marriage but in an interview with an Italian magazine over the weekend, the remarks were extended to an objection to gay families.

Celebs back Elton John’s D&G boycott

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce

Dolce told Panorama: “...what I call children of chemistry don’t convince me, synthetic children. Wombs for hire, [are a] choice from a catalogue. And then you have to explain to this child who is the mother. To procreate ought to be an act of love, today not even psychiatrists are ready to confront the effects of these experiments.”

John 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.

“Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions.

“I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”

Gabbana responded by calling the singer a “fascist” and used the hashtag #boycotteltonjohn.

Beckham condemned the fashion house and wrote: “Sending love to Elton David Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies.”

Love said she planned to burn all her Dolce and Gabbana items. “I’m just beyond words and emotions,” she said, urging her followers to “boycott senseless bigotry”.

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