Actress Zoe Saldana, who was the center of controversy for playing Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic, may be in the hot seat again. This time with the LGBTQ community.
Many celebrities have denounced the fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana following comments designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana made on why they oppose gay adoptions and IVF treatments. The original statement was shared in a Panorama interview earlier this month. Their words:
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 wombs, semen chosen from a catalog.
Singer Elton John called for a boycott of the brand via Instagram shortly after the interview was released:
How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’? And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF — a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana
Saldana belittled the protest when asked about it during the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards. E! inquired if the new mother of twins would join Elton and others, to which she responded:
No! Not at all, that would be the stupidest thing if it affected my fashion choice. People are allowed to their own opinion, however, I wouldn’t have chosen to be so public about something that’s such a personal thing. Obviously it caused some sensitivity, but then again if you continue to follow the news, you see they all kinda hugged it out, so why are we making a big deal about it?
The response has been anything but welcoming.