Is Elton John’s Dolce & Gabbana boycott over already? To properly understand the twists and turns of this ever-changing story, you may need to pack a lunch. “Sir” Elton did.
The U.K.’s Daily Mail published an image Tuesday of the “Yellow Brick Road” singer in Los Angeles, CA carrying a white shopping bag with the fashion brand’s unmistakable logo printed on the side in gold letters, just hours after ripping on the company.
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A photographer claimed to have snapped the picture of Elton on Monday, a mere 24 hours after he blasted founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on Instagram for stating critical opinions regarding both in vitro fertilization and gay child rearing.
Elton John, who has two children with husband David Furnish through the IVF process, took issue with the fashion icons, namely, their description of IVF children as “synthetic.”
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as synthetic,” he said. A promise to boycott all things D&G followed.
But a spokesman for the “Rocket Man” told the Mail that Elton had in fact been sporting the iconic brand Monday: “Yes he was carrying the bag but he hadn’t been shopping. And it should not detract from their original message or the boycott.”
A strange oversight for a man who so vehemently vowed to never again support the pair’s “archaic” thinking, just hours prior. In a twist, the artist’s representative later claimed the entire story was just a hoax, and there was a logical explanation:
“This picture has been photoshopped, he was NOT carrying that bag,” a rep told the Mirror. “He was carrying a BLACK BRIEF CASE!”
To complicate matters, a few hours later John’s spokesperson reaffirmed that there was, after all, no briefcase, and that John was indeed sporting a D&G bag.
“It seems it was an old bag with food in it had no clothes from DG in it,” the person told the Mirror. Apparently John reuses his shopping bags for the purpose of on-the-go lunch.
Peculiarly, the controversy was initiated after two gay fashion designers, known dissenters of the official LBGT narrative, stated an opinion in favor of traditional family and gender roles.
Now “DolceGate” continues to deteriorate into a back and forth volley of digitally-delivered words between iconic masters of their respective crafts, but it is noteworthy that the fashionable duo are mostly standing their ground.
Mr. Gabbana has referred to the singer as a “fascist” for initiating a boycott of the brand and continues to slam other critics for their failure to understand the complexity of his opposing viewpoint.