Selena Gomez’s Fans Respond to Stefano Gabbana Cyber-Bullying Comment on Instagram

Melissa Minton
“Learn not to judge others.”

Stefano Gabbana, one half of the design duo behind Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana, is no stranger to scandal. The 55-year-old has been in the news a lot in the past few years over his controversial support for Melania Trump (and for mocking those who criticized him) and his comments about gay parents and babies conceived through IVF. Now, for some reason, the designer seems to have unfairly taken taking aim at Selena Gomez.

On Tuesday, the fashion website Catwalk Italia posted an Instagram of Selena wearing five red dresses and implored followers to pick their favorite look. Stefano commented on the post, “è proprio brutta!!!” which, translated from Italian, means, "she's so ugly!" according to Mic.

The comments caused instant outrage, prompting many 'grammers to come to Selena's defense and call out Stefano for cyberbullying. "this is not cute 👎🏻I am speechless, learn not to judge others 👎🏻," one commenter wrote to Gabbana. "Shame on you, you’re bullying," another said. Others wrote, "that's a shame to hear such words from a famous designer like you," and "SHAME ON YOU! How dare you insult the physical appearance of someone beautiful. Selena is always wearing your brand and I’m sure that will be the last time. You disgust me."

Stefano, however, seemed to relish the attention, responding to the backlash only with, “hahahahaha.” In addition to commenters calling out Stefano for bullying, however, some Selenators flooded the comments with harsh messages directed toward Stefano, in which they called him names, insulted his designs, and more.

Aside from the other controversies he's been embroiled in, Stefano unfortunately has a history of body-shaming celebrities. After Lady Gaga performed at the 2017 SuperBowl, the designer posted a zoomed-in picture of the singer's exposed stomach, criticizing her weight. Later, he apologized and said he was "wrong" and happy to see "finally something real not retouched."

For her part, Selena has found a way to block out the haters. In March, she Instagrammed a video of her and some friends on a boat, and had some choice words to people online who body-shamed her online: "The beauty myth — an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman [sic] in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of flawless beauty," wrote Selena, quoting Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth. "I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone. "

The singer has yet to comment on the situation. Teen Vogue has reached out to Dolce & Gabbana for comment and will update accordingly.

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