As the Dolce and Gabbana IVF debate intensifies, Katie shares her strong views

‘For once that irritating Hopkins woman is talking sense.’ 

That tends to be the response I get if I express an opinion that someone else agrees with.

And that’s exactly the problem. People have confused opinions with right and wrong. They believe their opinion to be the truth – and right. And any alternative opinion to be wrong.

Self-styled Earth mother Nadia Sawalha was exactly like this in the CBB house. She was the bearer of the truth (and legs like an oil rig) and I was wrong.

Now it is Dolce and Gabbana‘s turn to feel the wrath of celeb-dom.

Last week they made their view on IVF clear: ‘I am not convinced by those I call children of chemicals, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalogue, children need a mum and dad.’

Elton John was the first to start shouting ‘homophobia’, calling for people to #BoycottDolceGabanna. His sidekick, Victoria Beckham waded on in behind – congratulating Elton on his beautiful IVF babies.

And then the flood gates opened with the hashtag spreading like an angry rash over the bodies of everyone clamouring to be retweeted on the side of the righteous.

Sure enough, within 24 hours a PR team had released a statement trying to cushion D&G from the blows.

It is not the IVF debate that interests me. I am not that bothered where your baby comes from as long as the taxpayer didn’t fund it.

It’s the need for consensus that frightens me. According to the outraged, there is only one correct answer. Theirs.

Dolce and Gabbana are gay men. They used to be a couple. Now accused of homophobia, exactly who is being intolerant? You or them? Why are you right and they wrong? You want to #boycottDolceGabanna just because a Spice Girl told you to?

Surely being tolerant is accepting we all have different opinions and should be able to express them freely. Elton could express the alternative view to D&G without calling for every other fawning celeb to turn up and throw rotten tomatoes at their brand.

The list of things we can no longer say, is longer than the stuff we can.

I don’t like fat people, the unemployed or campaigners. But I am more than happy to embrace the fact that other people have the opposite views and consider me to a git of the highest order.

There shouldn’t be a set of correct answers we must all get right if we want approval from our peers.

Life is not a beauty pageant. I am really happy getting stuck in to issues I care about. But don’t expect me to have the Miss UK 2015 answer. I look crap in a bikini, do not want to save the world and don’t want to be a doctor when I grow up. 

Get over yourselves. I am quite happy working in the media sharing my views for you to love or hate. Both are equally welcome.

Dolce and Gabbana have their ideas. You have yours. If we stopped telling everyone what to think, the world would be a great deal more interesting place.

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