Why Does He Always Do or Say Something Stupid?

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I usually don’t like to discuss politics, because, like religion, it is a personal matter.  Everyone has their own opinion, and everyone is entitled to have that opinion.  I detest people that try to push their political or religious views on others – for me, they just like to instigate trouble or are ignorant.  Tolerance is important in today’s society…if people only had more of it, we may not be in such sad shape.

But putting all politics aside and focusing on common sense, we come to discuss Premier Silvio Berlusconi!!!  As Premier of Italy, and head of the conservative party, he sure seems to do a lot of really stupid things.  Now, politically, he may be a great leader (I don’t know for certain, and that is not the scope of this post so I hope not to offend anyone here), but socially he is a mess!  When he is not implicated in some sex scandal, he is quoted as saying something stupid.  His last guffaw came this week when he saved a 17 year old Moroccan girl from being arrested for shoplifting.  The girl was detained by Milan police, but then released when the police received a call from Berlusconi’s office that he would take care of the matter.  He claimed it was an act of solidarity.  Solidarity with whom is not quite clear, but in his eyes, it was a chivalrous act on his behalf.  Evidently, he is personally acquainted with the young woman (and again, the nature of this acquaintance is a bit querulous).  She has been a guest at his villa several times.  And she has been quoted in saying that she “adores” the Premier!  In response to the inquiries made as to his saving of the young maiden,  Berlusconi said, “Well, it’s better to be passionate over a young woman than a gay!!”  As you can imagine, the public outcry was incredible.  Every gay group in Italy rose to the attack and accused him of being homophobic.  According to Arcigay, a gay rights group, the premier’s comments “represent a dangerous incitement to prejudice and helps legitimize discrimination, injustice and suffering.”   Berlusconi’s office has said it was all a joke – but joking or not, he said it in a public forum!  He really should learn to think before he speaks, because he causes great embarassment to himself as well as the Italian government.  I’m not exactly sure how he always comes out “smelling like a rose”, but he certainly either has extreme luck or some very good publicists and political allies!

Oh, povera Italia….speriamo in bene (Oh, poor Italy…we hope all turns out well)

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  1. It was all over the news last night. I sat staring at the headline of La Repubblica across the room this morning from the of my parucchiere – one of the stylists walked past, saw my fixed gaze and handed me the paper. Funny – everyone I know thinks this guy’s as crazy as Sarkozy – some say he’s like a criminal who hasn’t been caught … yet. But since I am not a citizen (yet) – it’s not my place to remark while I’m here. I listen to my friends express their views. But I can’t stand American politics and won’t discuss them in other countries if I can help it. But I agree – what a horrible thing for ANY country’s leader to say! Maybe that punch in the puss last fall didn’t have the impact one would think…

    • I guess not 😦 A friend just let me know about a proposed “Minstro delle Scuse” (fake, of course, but probably well needed in this administration!!!) At least, he never ceases to give us something to talk about…good or bad, he is always getting some sort of publicity. Maybe that’s what he wants?

  2. Secondo me incarna la maledizione: “che tu possa aprire bocca solo per dire le peggio vaccate” e se ci pensi non perde mai un’occasione per mettere in imbarazzo il paese, o per dire qualcosa fuori luogo e simili.
    Al momento sto evitando i telegiornali perché non offrono uno spettacolo molto edificante e voglio evitare di farmi venire travasi di bile.
    Una volta tendeva raramente ad andare “a braccio” e i suoi discorsi erano chiaramente scritti da qualcuno, da qualche tempo però deve aver pensato che è più bello se improvvisa e il risultato e che, letteralmente, apre bocca e le dà fiato; forse non ha più trovato qualcuno disposto a scrivergli neppure un rigo.
    Tempo fa un mio amico suggerii l’istituzione di un Ministero delle Scuse che si mortificasse prima, scusandosi preventivamente ad ampio spettro con chiunque, durante e dopo ogni discorso di Berlusconi; continuo a pensare che il Ministero delle Scuse sia una grande idea…
    Continuo a sperare in elezioni anticipate…

  3. At the moment I’m studying in Israel sourrounded by American students. Once I was ‘pizza-mafia-mandolino’ and ‘Venice is so romantic!’.
    No I’m the girl from the country of that funny ridicolous Prime Minister. I feel frustrated.
    If you’re interested I wrote something about these experiences on my blog (in Italian).
    By the way, complimenti per il blog. E’ molto interessante.

    • LOL!!! He is wonderful, isn’t he? How does he come up with stuff like that? Thanks for sending it!!! I especially liked when he said, “Quanto cosa questa pianeta? La compro io!!!” Ha! Ha! Too funny 🙂

      • That was my favorite part too – (come, ‘quanto costa una banana a Palermo?!”) Also, google for the first & 2nd part – the monologues from VieniViaConMe – hilarious (what I could catch, he speaks fast).

        Also – when you get a minute, I posted a petite award for you on my blog – and thank you for sharing your journeys – and all your encouragement with discovering the Italian language.

        Also – Melissa mentions the mud angels in her latest post & that book I told you about a few months ago. Amazing photos too!

  4. Pingback: Oh, Silvio….You Should Be Very Worried « Il Mio Tesoro

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