In case you missed it, Dolce and Gabbana got into trouble recently for airing some controversial views about gay couples and children.
Okay, fine, big deal.
Well, apparently it was! Worthy of boycotts and ceremonial burning of D&G clothing in the street!
This is another instance of disturbingly familiar behaviour, which has seen many people (usually women) subjected to horrific abuse and even death threats!
Whatever happened to a simple “I disagree with you” or “Oh? Why do you think that?” This isn’t even something new; how many times has this happened? How many times have talking heads said “it’s terrible, people shouldn’t behave like that”? Yet it happens and keeps happening, again and again. It just makes me want to scream!
What makes this situation doubly-bad, is that you have very famous people, individuals who are role models to many, behaving in this way, setting a bad example to the majority. Stupid people saying stupid things, in a stupid way, enabled and egged-on by a stupid media catering to a stupid audience.
Stupidity all round.
Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of the he-says-she-says bullshit we normally get, we had sensible discussion and informed debate? I guess it must just be TooHard™.
For the record, I disagree with D&G about gay couples; a heterosexual couples are just as likely to screw-up a child as gay couple, as is a single parent. I do have concerns at what could be called the “commoditisation” of children, but that’s something that applies to hetro and gay families as equally as it does natural and IVF conception.