Monday, February 14, 2011

Berlusconi Makes Every Woman Feel "Special"

Yesterday thousands of protesters, primarily women, filled the Piazza del Popolo in Rome demanding the resignation of Italy's prime minister--Silvio Berlusconi--in protest over an underage prostitution scandal involving Berlusconi and to promote greater respect for women and gender equality.

Just last year, the film Videocracy (directed by Erik Gandini) explored Berlusconi's television empire, his treatment of women, and what it means for Italian culture and society. Read more about the film from a New York Times review.

And speaking of film ... Berlusconi's response today makes one wish Federico Fellini was still alive to direct a fantastical film based on the prime minister's life. Berlusconi claimed the protests were organized by his political opponents and stated "I have always behaved with the greatest attention and respect towards them. I have always made it so that every woman feels, how should I say, special."

Perhaps his definition of "special" would not be shared by all.

View a video of the protest from The Guardian.  

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