In 2015, the designers faced tons of criticism from the LGBTQ+ community after telling Panorama Magazine they "oppose gay adoption" and criticized IVF pregnancies, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
What's odd is that the designers themselves are gay, but made these comments that are damaging to the LGBTQ+ community. Even Elton John clapped back on Instagram, stating in part of his caption, "Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana."
Domenico Dolce eventually apologized, telling Vogue, "I’ve done some soul-searching...I’ve realized that my words were inappropriate, and I apologize."
Gabbana also posted an apology on Instagram, saying, "We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it. We talked about our way of seeking reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people's choices. We do believe in freedom and love."
That doesn't mean the designers haven't said other questionable things, including a racist comment about who would design their brand in the future. In 2018, Dolce told Corriere della Sera, "Once we’re dead, we’re dead. I don’t want a Japanese designer to start designing Dolce & Gabbana," according to The Telegraph.
In fact, as Revelist originally reported, in 2017, musical artist Raury protested at the end of the Dolce & Gabbana runway in response to the brand's politics.
"Me, as a young man from Stone Mountain, Georgia, the birthplace of the Klu Klux Klan, I really felt this mockery of boycotting," Raury said to GQ. "Dolce’s entire campaign says it’s not real. I know that if I walk out there and support or endorse anything that sits next to Trump...then that means that I support Trump also. I don’t support Trump."