While attending the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards, Portia de Rossi and her wife, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, commented on Dolce & Gabbana’s recent remarks about “synthetic” children being raised by homosexual parents and confirmed their intention to boycott the designers, according to E! News.
When asked about her sentiments after the defamatory remark, DeGeneres stated, “It’s not even worth commenting on because they’re, you know, ignorant.” Portia de Rossi, who recently celebrated a decade of marriage to DeGeneres, added, “The only thing you can say is that, you know, we’re all entitled to free speech.”
As the New York Times reported, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana shocked the public earlier in March when Dolce was quoted as saying, “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children,” referring to gay couples who use IVF to have children. Like Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres, famous names, including Elton John and husband David Furnish, protested the comment by inciting a mass boycott of Dolce & Gabbana clothing.
John and Furnish’s feelings about the comment are echoed by many celebrities, including Courtney Love, Ricky Martin, and Madonna, as Inquisitr recently covered. However, there are those who don’t think Dolce’s sentiments about IVF are wrong and believe the fashion mogul is entitled to his opinion.
In an Instagram post, Madonna expressed her feelings about Dolce’s comment by stating, “All babies contain a soul, however they come to this earth and their families,” according to Observer. Despite previously starring in a series of Dolce & Gabbana ads, the songstress sides with those in favor of boycotting the fashion brand.
Other celebrities have been just as outspoken in their continued support of Dolce & Gabbana, including actress Zoe Saldana. During her visit to the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards, Zoe was asked whether she supported a boycott of Dolce & Gabbana by E! News. “No! Not at all, that would be the stupidest thing if it affected my fashion choice,” Saldana responded.
Though she admits Dolce’s statement might have been inappropriate in a public forum, Saldana supports his right to express it and doesn’t believe a boycott of the brand is warranted. Seemingly in agreement with Portia de Rossi about Dolce’s right to free speech, Saldana came under fire from those favoring a Dolce & Gabbana boycott. The 37-year old married mother of twins isn’t backing down from her statement. As she commented when interviewed by E! News, “It’s like look people, have a drink, relax, it’s OK.”