Dolce & Gabbana Apologize for Insensitive IVF Comments
The designers speak out in a new interview with Vogue.
In March, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana landed in hot water for calling children that were born through in vitro fertilization as "synthetic," adding that they "oppose gay adoption" and that IVF pregnancies are "chemical offsprings and rented uterus."
Their comments faced backlash from Elton John and American Horror Story producer Ryan Murphy both stated that they'd boycott the Italian brand. One of D&G's own executives even announced that he was stepping down as the editorial director of the fashion house's magazine Swide, stating that Dolce and Gabbana's comments were "in total conflict with my personal beliefs and with my commitments towards civil rights in my country."
The designers then tried to smooth over the situation in an interview with CNN, explaining that they may have chosen "the wrong words." However, there was no apology. Now in a new interview with Vogue, Dolce is apologizing for his insensitive comments.
"I am so sorry. It was not my intention to offend anyone," Dolce told Vogue's Sarah Mower during a conversation in Milan. He continued, "I've done some soul-searching. I've talked to Stefano a lot about this. I’ve realized that my words were inappropriate, and I apologize. They are just kids."
For Gabbana's part, he said he'd want to adopt kids in Italy. But since same-sex marriages and single-parent adoptions are illegal there, he's unable to do so. He said he's even considered "going to California and having a baby, but I couldn’t bring the baby back to Italy, because you need the mother's passport. […] It's very hard for a straight couple here — imagine if you are gay!"
There's no doubt Dolce and Gabbana have been trying to mend their recently tarnished image as their fall 2015 campaign was all about celebrating families.