All the times that Stefano Gabbana pissed us off
What was he thinking?
Dolce and Gabbana are names synonymous with a lot of things. For example, to some it may be a brand that they will only dream to splurge on, for others it may just be the name of Kylie and Kendall's two pet dogs. For us, we think of the not so mature fight they had with popular Instagram account, Diet Prada.
Lately, in many regards it is known for being a very problematic pop culture tragedy. It seems like the two designers, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce use shock tactics to remain relevant as if that will help keep them in the public conscious.
Here's our list of their worst moments.
Their public views on IVF
In 2015, when I read this story, I couldn’t understand why two gay men who are meant to be LGBTQ allies would say something like this. The comments were published in the Italian Magazine Panorama, they claimed IVF was unnatural, and gay families shouldn’t have children.
The direct quotes are:
“Children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses for rent, semen chosen from a catalogue.”
“I am gay, I cannot have a child. I guess you cannot have everything in life… life has a natural course, some things cannot be changed. One is the family.”
These comments caused an outcry at the time, even Elton John spoke out against them and started an Instagram trend to #BoycottDolceGabbana. These views are oddly conservative for two gay men, but I guess it isn’t my place to assume every minority will back these causes, however, it is still surprising and problematic.
Their lack of political awareness
When Donald Trump first became president, fashion labels around the world refused to dress first lady Melania Trump, except of course for Dolce and Gabbana.
Again, #BoycottDolceGabbana trended on the Internet, because as you can expect people were not impressed. Dolce and Gabbana responded by making clothes with the hashtag printed on them; I guess to prove how unfazed they were. To launch the $245 shirts they filmed a mock-protest as a campaign.
In a bout of hypocrisy, Stefano took to Instagram during their fight with Miley Cyrus to post this:
We are Italian and we don't care about politics and mostly neither about the American one! We make dresses and if you think about doing politics with a post it's simply ignorant.
We don't need your posts or comments so next time please ignore us!! #BoycottDolceGabbana 😂😂😂😂❤️
Thin and Gorgeous shoe
Okay, I’m weirdly more annoyed by how ugly this shoe is than how stupid the saying on it is. At this point, if you are going to be controversial then at least do it in style.
This toxic slogan is perpetuating a very limited standard of beauty, and I can only hope people who decide to design clothes for the female form are more inclusive than that.
Gabbana called Selena Gomez ugly
Last month on the Instagram account called @thecatwalkitalia, Gabbana decided to comment “so ugly” on a post about Selena Gomez. I am starting to feel like Gabbana hates women, or more accurately everyone but himself… and Kylie Minogue. According to Yahoo, Gabbana posted screenshots of his comment with the caption ‘my name is Selena!! #saysorrytome,’ proving he is still proud of his comment.
It is rather disturbing to see a middle age man bully a young woman, it’s tasteless and considering Selena isn’t the only woman they have bullied, I don’t understand how they can remain celebrated characters.
Very crude and inappropriate campaign back in 2007
I would like to place a trigger warning before this one. I am deeply disturbed by this controversial Dolce and Gabbana moment and in fact, it is the only one that truly offends me.
In this campaign, it shows a woman surrounded by half-dressed men, and being held down by another. It looks like a 'gang rape' scene, a completely unfathomable decision and it was banned in Spain and Italy.
The Advertising Self-Discipline Institute stated the campaign, “offered the dignity of the women, in the sense that the feminine figure is shown in a degrading manner,” and the “passive and helpless position of the woman relative to the men around her, and the representation of abuse or the idea of violence towards her”. I think this senseless and distasteful decision shows how their other controversies shouldn't be surprising, as they have never given the world cause to believe they have a conscience.
To me Dolce and Gabbana have been irrelevant for a long time, I could happily go without ever purchasing something from them. Not only because it's just not my style, but also because ethically it feels wrong.
Words by Faye Couros
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