You can say many things about Selena Gomez.
You can say you don’t like her music because you’re entitled to that opinion.
You can say you she has bad taste in men because Justin Bieber has never treated her well.
You can say she makes poor decisions with her hairstyle at times.
But you cannot say what Stefano Gabbana just said about the singer, not if you want to avoid very deserved backlash from millions of people on social media.
The Italian designer, who co-founded the fashion label label Dolce & Gabbana, went out of his way on Instagram this week to attack Gomez.
In the comments of a photo on The Catwalk Italia’s Instagram account, Gabbana wrote the following alongside a collage of Selena picture:
È proprio brutta!!!
This translates, very simply and extremely rudely, to: She’s so ugly.
The insult was many things; unprovoked, cruel, sexist and objectively untrue.
And while Gomez has thus far taken the high road, refusing to even acknowledge Gabbana’s existence, her friends and fans online have been unable to show similar restraint.
“@stefanobabbana you’re tired and over. your homophobic, misogynistic, body-shaming existence will not thrive in 2018,” Tweeted 13 Reasons Why actor Tommy Dorfman, who plays Ryan Shaver in the Netflix drama.
“it is no longer tolerable or chic. please take many seats.”
And then there was this from a Gomez follower:
“Shame on you for online bullying. Doesn’t matter if 1 million people see it or 1 person, it’s bullying. It’s wrong.”
And then this from another Gomez follower, who kept it short and simple and supportive:
“We love this beautiful queen.”
Julia Michaels, a singer-songwriter and close friend of Selena’s tweeted:
“@selenagomez just here to tell you that you are one of the most beautiful women I know, inside and out. I love you always.”
This really is true.
While the merits of what Gabbana said are really beside the point, it might as well be pointed out while we’re here:
Selena Gomez is a very pretty young woman. Full stop. This statement really can’t be debated.
Over the years, Gabbana has bullied stars on social media numerous times, including Kate Mossand Victoria Beckham.
Most recently, he went after Kate Moss on the same Catwalk Italia Instagram page, dissing a Saint Laurent look she was wearing … just because.
In 2015, celebrities such as Elton John, Courtney Love and Ricky Martin boycotted the fashion brand over insensitive comments Dolce and Gabbana made about IVF and LGBTQ families.
Moreover, the brand released a $245 “#BoycottDolceGabbana” graphic T-shirt inspired by the negative response to First Lady Melania Trump wearing their designs.
In other words: it courts controversy like this.
So the best thing to do is what Selena has done, which is to totally and completely ignore the misguided and pathetic messenger.
This will be the last time we write about him.