While a lot of Hollywood stylists have told me they’ve advised star clients to join the Dolce & Gabbana boycott, Zoe Saldana is calling it the “stupidest thing.”
Saldana told E! News that she is not dumping her Dolce & Gabbana wardrobe, just because of those remarks fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Sefano Gabbana made about “synthetic” babies born to gay couples via surrogates. The added wrinkle to the entire controversy is that Dolce and Gabbana — who once were romantically involved, as well as being business partners — are themselves gay.
As far as “Avatar” star Saldana is concerned, the fashion designers are entitled to express their opinions, and she sees the whole thing as a free speech issue.
Asked if she was going to edit Dolce & Gabbana out of her closet, Saldana told E!, “No! Not at all. That would be the stupidest thing, if it affected my fashion choice. People are allowed to their own opinion. However, I wouldn’t have chosen to be so public about something that’s such a personal thing. … Obviously it caused some sensitivity, but then again if you continue to follow the news, you see they all kinda hugged it out, so why are we making a big deal about it?”
So far, Elton John, Andy Cohen, Ricky Martin, Madonna, Sharon Stone and a lot of other Hollywood types have joined a Dolce & Gabbana boycott, because of the fashion designers’ initial comments criticizing other gays for having children born via in vitro fertilization of surrogates.
Now Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi, also have joined the boycott. The talk show host said she would never wear the couture label “ever, ever again,” and “Scandal” actress de Rossi added, “I don’t understand why they would want to say that.” DeGeneres and de Rossi, who do not have children, recently celebrated their 10th anniversary as a couple.
Since making those initial comments, Dolce and Gabbana have backtracked, claiming “it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love.”