If you’ve been keeping up on your “fashion news” at all, I’m sure you’ve heard all about Dolce & Gabbana’s shocking statements about in-vitro fertilization methods. In case you missed the comment…
“You are born to a mother and a father, or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.” – Domenico Dolce
Whether you or I agree with this statement is not what this article is about. What this article about, is the idea that any sort of political opinion/life choice/etc shared publicly by anyone who produces something artful, be it music, fashion, or otherwise, should bare no relevance in judging their product. Elton John, notorious gay dude and father to a couple “synthetic children” of his own lashed back publicly, saying we should all boy-cot Dolce & Gabbana and not buy their clothes.
Like I said, this article isn’t about my opinion on in-vitro fertilization; but I’ll tell you my opinion anyways. My opinion is I don’t give a damn what anyone does with their lives, their families, or their loved ones so long as they aren’t hurting anybody. Isn’t that the great thing about this country? Granted, Dolce & Gabbana hail from Italy, but still. Should them sharing a political opinion and life choice reflect our opinion of their work? To me, that is absurd.
If every musician, actor, director, designer, video game creator, interior decorator, or sculptor were to be honest and straight forward in the public eye and ear about what they believed, as if it should truly matter to anybody, we would be boy-cotting everything. Freedom of expression is art – freedom of speech is politics. Last I checked, “don’t ask, don’t tell” was a military idea, where a life choice is to be treated as a scarlet letter — Unless, of course, the chooser keeps quiet about it. Makes sense, huh? Yeah. Not really.
With all that being said I think until the art world, political world, and real world can coincide peacefully, we should probably all just try and chill the hell out. Let’s focus on judging these beautiful artists on their art, and not much else.