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Film and television producer Ryan Murphy is speaking out on the growing controversy surrounding comments made by fashion moguls Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana about gay adoption and in vitro fertilization. He’s promising not to buy Dolce & Gabbana clothing or use it in any of his productions, and he is urging others in Hollywood to do the same.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy, executive producer of American Horror Story and Glee and director of the HBO film The Normal Heart, who has two children with husband David Miller, says he is outraged by the designers’ opposition to IVF and same-sex adoption and is joining the burgeoning boycott against the label’s clothes. He also compares the situation to the Hollywood-led boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel in opposition to the anti-gay policies of its owner, the Sultan of Brunei.
“This is not just a gay issue,” Murphy says. “I know 10 women in my life who used IVF to conceive — and three doing it right now. IVF is a scientific miracle that helps loving families fulfill their dreams. To tell them their choices as women — anyone’s choices on family — are not embraced, well, I don’t think they’ll be traipsing off to a Dolce & Gabbana store to buy clothes anytime soon.”
Murphy also predicts the comments will reverberate throughout the gay community, which has “always embraced their clothes. It’s so ignorant of Dolce & Gabbana to speak out with such ugly evil — what they said is a not-modern thing to say. There are all kinds of families today.”
In the Italian magazine Panorama, Dolce and Gabbana, a onetime couple, made several controversial comments on the subject of nontraditional families. Dolce said he thought children born via IVF were “synthetic” from “wombs for rent” and that “the only family is the traditional one. Life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed. One is the family.”
The remarks drew an immediate response from Elton John, who has two children with husband David Furnish. John took to Twitter on Sunday to start a “boycott Dolce & Gabbana” campaign, which pop star Ricky Martin soon joined. On Monday, the movement was gaining steam on social media.
Murphy says he will urge others in Hollywood to join the boycott and will take D&G clothes lined up for his characters’ wardrobes “and put them in the trash or return them.” He also referred to a 2006 article from an Italian newspaper in which Gabbana was quoted saying, “My dream is to have a baby. I want my own child, biological child, the fruit of my sperm, conceived through artificial insemination because it wouldn’t make sense for me to make love to a woman I don’t love.”
“He’s a hypocrite,” Murphy tells THR. “And then to sell the image of the family in their ad campaigns and recent fashion shows on top of that is pure hypocrisy. There will be crickets going through Dolce & Gabbana stores soon, just like there have been at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Don’t use family in your advertising as a gimmick. It’s their prerogative to speak out — and it’s my prerogative not to use any of their clothes on my shows. Or buy them for myself either.”
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