An Italian politician has compared Elton John's actions to the tragic Charlie Hebdo massacre over his call to boycott Dolce & Gabbana.
Italian government officials have been weighing in on the scandal, after Sir Elton hit out at the designers, who described IVF babies as "synthetic."
"I'm with Dolce and Gabbana and I applaud their courageous statement, this is freedom of expression," Roberto Formigoni, a right-wing senator said.
"The campaign launched against the two stylists by Elton John is shameful and intolerable. Elton John is a Taliban, he is using against Dolce and Gabbana the same methods used by the Taliban against Charlie Hebdo."
Just to clarify, the January attack on the French satirical magazine's offices in Paris were by two Islamist extremists and had no connection to the Taliban.
Carlo Giovanardi, from the same right-wing party added: "The gay Taliban are trying to boycott Dolce and Gabbana just because they dared to say that ... every child has a right to a mother and a father."
And MP Elvira Savino had this to say: "Elton John is an intolerant person who wants to block anyone who thinks differently to him."
The shocking comments come after an interview with an Italian magazine, where one-half of Dolce & Gabbana labelled IVF babies "chemical children" and said that despite being gay, he supports "traditional" families.
"You are born and you have a father and mother. At least it should be like that," Domenico Dolce said.
"That's why I'm not convinced by what I call chemical children, synthetic babies. They are wombs for hire, semen chosen from a catalogue. And then you have to explain to these children who their mother is."
Sir Elton, who has two sons with husband David Furnish, took to social media to vent his frustration at the comments and, using a photo of the designers, called for a boycott of the high-end brand.
"How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic'," he wrote on Instagram.
"And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF... I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana."
The 67-year-old megastar has since been inundated with support from his celebrity friends, including Ricky Martin and Victoria Beckham.
Mr Dolce has since defended his comments, saying in a statement: "We believe firmly in democracy and we think freedom of expression is essential for that. We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people's choices. We do believe in freedom and love."
The second half of the fashion duo, Stefano Gabbana, has also backed up his brand, citing his own traditional upbringing for his views.
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