Here’s something Domenico Dolce, of Dolce & Gabbana, said:
“I call children of chemistry synethic children. Uteri [for rent], semen chosen from a catalogue.”
Here’s how Elton John responded:
How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’.
And shame on you for wagging you 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.
Here’s what Ryan T. Anderson, of the Heritage Foundation, tweeted:
Gay men speak against gay marriage and surrogacy. Other gay man calls for boycott of the gay men, calls them anti-gay http://t.co/OujDqlOw17
So much wrong with that tweet. In the first place, Anderson’s trying to play a silly game of gotcha, based on the dumb idea that a gay person could never be anti-gay. But the bigger problem is that he’s mischaracterizing Elton John’s response: John never called Dolce & Gabbana anti-gay. Instead, he called attention to an element of D&G’s statement that is indefensible: their dehumanization of kids brought into the world by IVF or surrogacy.
Whatever you feel about the ethics of IVF, there’s no excuse for saying that kids born of it are “synthetic,” which suggests that they’re lesser than other kids. However you feel about Elton John or how he got his child, you have to admit he’s in the right here: you simply can’t demean his child in your attacks.
D&G’s statement falls into a category with that doctor who refused to treat the daughter of a lesbian couple, and with the nutbag ultra-rightwing Catholics who oppose baptizing children being raised by gay couples.
And rather than condemning D&G’s comments—for which they really should apologize—the usual suspects have been gleefully promoting those comments, thrilled that they’ve got a couple of high-profile gays on their “team.”
This is another reason why your love looks like hate, Catholic Right.