Oh goodness, here we go again.
Stefano Gabbana (left), of the always-subtle Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, has struck another nerve. Actually, a few nerves.
First, he shared a photo on Instagram of a certain incoming first lady wearing one of his dresses:
This in and of itself was something of a statement, as there has been a divide in the fashion world over who is willing to dress Melania Trump. It’s a weird debate, but a debate nonetheless.
Understandably, there’s been backlash against Gabbana’s Insta-endorsement (to be fair, there’s also considerable support), with one commenter writing, “Sad when a gay designer doesn’t care about other groups being repressed.”
Gabbana clapped back, besieging “ignorant critics.”
“Don’t call me gay please!! Im a man!!! Who I love its my private life!!! [sic]” he wrote.
The tone-deaf comment, implying masculinity is somehow at odds with sexuality, is oddly reminiscent of a stance the designing duo and former couple took on gay adoption in 2015.
In the Italian magazine Panorama, they said, “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.”
That position was later backtracked following a loud cry to boycott the D&G brand, amplified by celebrities like Elton John, Victoria Beckham and Ricky Martin.