We’ll admit, the news cycle is remarkably short and people’s memories are even shorter, but how is it possible that famed designer (and billionaire) Giorgio Armani could forget the backlash his fellow Italian designers Dolce and Gabbana faced over their divisive comments about gays? It’s only been a month — what kind of Bulgari-shit is this?
In an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, Armani, 80, who himself is openly gay, criticized femininity in gay style (Russell Tovey, anyone?), saying:
“A homosexual man is a man 100 per cent. He does not need to dress homosexual. When homosexuality is exhibited to the extreme – to say: ‘Ah, you know I’m homosexual,’ – that has nothing to do with me. A man has to be a man.”
We’re not calling for a witch hunt or anything, but what is it with people taking their personal taste and making broad, damaging generalizations lately?
Last month, Dolce and Gabbana came under fire for saying, “We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
In the same interview in which Armani said that “a man has to be a man,” he also gave his opinions on some other trends in the gay community.
“I don’t like muscle boy,” he said. “Not too much gym! I like somebody healthy, somebody solid, who looks after his body but doesn’t use his muscles too much.”
We agree with you there, Giorgio. But that’s a long way off from saying “men shouldn’t be too muscly,” which seems to be the tone of the previous quote.
Here’s a photo of Armani in a very manly white scrote tote, just because: