People Are All Pissed About Dolce & Gabbana's "Gang Rape" Ad

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Dolce & Gabbana have come under fire again, this time for an ad that depicts the gang rape of a woman.

Just days after designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce called children born through IVF “synthetic,” critics of the brand have publicized the brand's highly controversial Spring/Summer 2007 campaign ad that showed a woman being restrained by a bare-chested man as a group of men in various states of undress look on.

The advert was banned from being used in Italian publications after it ran several times when it was determined that it "offended the dignity of the woman", and pulled in the United States after running just once in an issue of Esquire eight years ago.

It's creating a storm on Twitter again after publicist Kelly Cutrone posted the ad to her Twitter account on Sunday.

Many have commented on Cutrone's tweet to say the image looks like it has connotations of "gang rape" while others have called the ad "disgusting" and "horrifying." 

For a refresher, the call for boycotting D&G began over an interview in which Domenico described children conceived through IVF as "synthetic." 

The designer continued to say that "the only family is the traditional one," while Stefano added, "Life has its natural course, there are things that must not be changed. And one of these is the family."


This after the men chose motherhood as the theme of their Fall/Winter 2015 fashion show held earlier this month in Milan. 

Parents of IVF babies, among them Elton John, Al Roker, and Ricky Martin, came out against the two following these statements, as did celebrities including Victoria Beckham and Courtney Love. 

Dolce and Gabbana meanwhile said their statements were taken out of context.

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