Written by Tony Lacerenza
As a staunch believer in ‘Freedom of Speech,’ I can gladly say that Dolce & Gabbana’s fundamental right to voice their opinion is valid. That much is understood. However Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, as prosperous as they may be, made some pretty distasteful statements that received full recognition. I am not impressed.
The fashion designers made statements to Italian magazine, ‘Panorama’ about children born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and made irrational comments about same-sex families. They referred to these children as “children of chemistry” and “synthetic”. I must have missed it in the newspaper somewhere, I didn’t know that the circumstances in which a child was born were even relevant. Shouldn’t what you choose to do with your life matter, instead? What makes Dolce & Gabbana experts anyway?
Their views on conception seem to be more ‘traditional’. Again, they’re entitled to their beliefs as I am and as we all are. But, sometimes you just have to stop and think about what you’re going to say before you say it. Some families cannot conceive children the ‘traditional’ way. IVF has been used not only to the full advantage of same-sex couples, but straight couples as well. Yet, it still doesn’t seem to click for Dolce & Gabbana.
In the most recent issue of Panorama, the fashion designer goes on to say, “I am opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents.” Gabbana said, “A child needs a mother and a father. I could not imagine my childhood without my mother. I also believe that it’s cruel to take a baby away from their mother.”
Unfortunately, we commonly hear of cases where children are raised without either parent, whether their parents are deceased, in jail or deemed as “unfit.” It’s almost unavoidable, cases such as these are bound to happen. So where’s the harm in two loving mothers (or fathers) raising the same child? Gabbana can’t imagine a life without his mother, so aren’t two moms better than one (or none)?
I can’t help but think that their opinions come from insecure feeling. It’s quite hypocritical, actually and especially when Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana identify as gay themselves. They have even confessed to having romantic affairs with each other.
So I guess it’s okay to say what you want. Our constitution defends your right to speak freely, even if that includes being hateful and backwards, feel free to take that on and do so. But, expect me to do the same.
‘Freedom of Speech’ does not equate to freedom from criticism.