March 16, 2015
Elton John's Boycott of Dolce and Gabbana is a Mistake
Summary: Ever heard a foreigner use the wrong word in English?
    Uproar started a few days ago after singer/songwriter Elton John called for a boycott of fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana because the pair referred to in-vitro fertilization, or IVF, as "synthetic" babies. Boycott Watch looked into the boycott call and immediately saw a problem - Neither Domenico Dolce nor does Stefano Gabbana speak fluent English.

    Watching this video interview of the pair quickly reveals they both reach for words in English and have a difficult time with English grammar. As such, they may have been trying to translate something in their minds from Italian into English and may have just used the wrong words.

    The fact is, for a non-native English speaker, picking the right word in English can be difficult. In their wording, neither Domenico Dolce nor Stefano Gabbana said IVF is wrong, nor for that matter did they say it should not be done. Regardless, some people started adding to their comments as if Dolce and Gabbana said more than just the word "synthetic".

    Right now the boycott is spreading all over the Internet. Unfortunately, people are not taking the time realize that the comment is likely being taken out of context, and out most likely out of intent.

    "These are not, writers, diplomats or politicians. They can barely speak English" said Fred Taub, President of Boycott Watch. "How many times have you used the wrong word trying to speak a foreign language? If you think about it, anyone who converses with people who can't speak the language well knows this is a silly translation error run amok."

Boycoting Peace
by Fred Taub
President, Boycott Watch

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