Syria is in turmoil, Iraq is a mess, Afghanistan messier, the Islamic State continues to spread its message of terror by hacking off heads of Westerners and homosexuals and anyone else who’s upset them for whatever reason, Putin is flexing his nuclear muscles, and the South Pacific island of Vanuata has been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
Meanwhile, over here in the West, we’re up in arms about the utterings of the fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana, and should or should not the TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson be fired for allegedly having a bit of a “fracas” with his producer.
We certainly know where our priorities lie.
Domenico Dolce and Stephano Gabbana, who were a couple for more than two decades, said in an interview: “We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one.”
They also criticised IVF and surrogate parents: “No chemical offspring and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
“You are born to a mother and a father – or at least that’s how it should be,” Dolce says. “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalogue.”
So they managed in a few words to piss off married gays and parents with children conceived by IVF. And gay parents with IVF children. What twats.
Neither this family nor their clothing look synthetic.
Sir Elton John, who has two children with husband David Furnish, hit back angrily: “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 fulfil their dream of having children.”
People are entitled to have opinions about gay marriage, but to label children “synthetic” and “chemical” is abhorrent. Children are children, full stop, whether induced, brought into the world by caesarean section, kept alive by drugs and medication, whatever.
So bravo Elton for those apposite words. From the photos I’ve seen, your boys look very loved and happy.
As for Clarkson, I really don’t care. One way or another he will come out of this with more money than before. Good luck to him.
So two public spats that aren’t really important in the scheme of things but catch our attention.
And Elton urges people to boycott D&G’s clothing. I certainly will from now on.