We’re all a bit baffled why Dolce & Gabbana chose to open their mouths about gay adoption/parenting in the first place. As gay men, don’t they have something better to focus their attention on than criticizing loving families?
To gay parents, their ignorant words were especially stinging. Pioneering LGBT families have already been fighting an uphill battle for acceptance.
One gay dad decided to put his thoughts on paper (or screen, as it were) in an open letter to Dolce and Gabbana.
“Part of the genius of a gifted designer’s mind is to come out with the unexpected, the unpredictable,” he writes. “You could argue what is more unpredictable than homophobic diatribes from two of the most famous and wealthy gay men? Except internalized homophobia is predictable, and as boring as J Edgar Hoover and Roy Cohn. You’ve gone retro.”
He goes on to draw a link between antiquated ideas of “family” and “fashion”:
“Heteronormativity cries out for a single process of fertilization, gestation and birth. Those of us, who have known that we have parenting talents despite what society says, have found ways of bringing our children into our lives outside of old conventions.
You should understand this. If we applied the same critique of you that you made to LGBTI parents, we would be advocating for corsets and codpieces.”
It ends with the perfect pop culture reference:
“So if I was Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly right now, I would be pursing my lips and glaring. And you would be back to your drawing boards.”
You can read the full letter on GayStarNews.