Musicians Ricky Martin and Elton John just made a renowned fashion company eat its words. Earlier this week, Elton John called for consumers to boycott fashion giant Dolce & Gabbana after it publically came out against gay couples’ use of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to have children they would not be able to bare otherwise. With Dolce & Gabbana essentially blaming the process for test-tube babies and destroying the idea of what a “traditional” family is, it wasn’t long before it felt the backlash of other musicians, such as Ricky Martin.
Fox News Latino mentions that Elton John has two children with husband David Furnish, and he gave the fashion company a piece of his mind on Instagram.
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as synthetic,” John fumed, adding that he considered IVF a “…miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children.”
Fox News Latino also reported that the legendary musician finished his message by calling Dolce & Gabbana’s thinking outdated, and launching the hashtag #boycottDolceGabbana. Needless to say, John ended his Instagram post by making it known that he will never wear Dolce & Gabbana again, Fox News Latino added.
Ricky Martin jumped right into the social media wars against the company. The Mirror reported on Ricky Martin’s Twitter attack against D&G.
“Your voices are too powerful to be spreading so much hate,” Mr. Martin tweeted, “…it’s 2015…” The 43-year-old Martin, who became a father through surrogacy in 2008, would be very happy having lots more surrogate kids, the Mirror noted.
Regardless of whether this is seen as a free speech issue or not, it’s fair to assume that D&G will probably have to apologize some time in the near future thanks to Ricky Martin and Elton John. Perhaps the oddest twist in this whole story is that Mr. Dolce and Mr. Gabbana are, in fact, also gay. Mr. Dolce was quoted in an interview with Fox News Latino as saying that procreation needs to be done out of love and that children should be born to a mother and father.
Dolce & Gabbana aren’t the only ones who’ve had to bite their tongue over their anti-homosexual remarks lately. As you may recall in late 2013, Chick-Fil-A founder Dan Cathy was grilled over a tweet in which he maintained that America’s founding fathers would not be happy with the Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. As the Inquisitr reported, the restaurant was forced to inform the public that Cathy’s statement was reflective only of his own opinion, and not that of the company itself.
Whether you agree with their opinion or not, do companies such as Dolce & Gabbana and Chick-Fil-A have the right to free speech and expressing their opinions as long as those opinions are not libelous or slanderous? Or is it more important to protect the rights of the families, gay and straight, who wish not to be criticized for their methods of conceiving children?
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