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Looking at women beats being gay: Berlusconi

on 11/01/2019

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attempted to laugh off a potentially damaging sex scandal with a homophobic joke, as Italy’s political crisis deepens and his popularity ratings plunge.

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“I’m always working flat out and sometimes I look at beautiful women…. It’s better to be passionate about beautiful women than to be gay,” Berlusconi said in a speech at the opening of a motorcycle show in Milan.

Prosecutors have opened an inquiry into allegations by a girl that she was paid to attend raunchy parties hosted by Berlusconi at his villa last year when she was under 18, Italian newspapers reported in recent days.

Berlusconi is also accused of making a call to a police station in Milan when the girl was arrested for theft in order to have her released.

In his speech, Berlusconi said he acted out of “solidarity” with the girl.

Berlusconi’s lawyers have strongly denied any sexual relationship between the Italian leader and the girl, Karima El Mahroug, who turned 18 on Tuesday.

His comments were “not just homophobic but also a miserable attempt to distract attention away from the latest scandal involving an underage girl,” said Donatella Ferranti, a leader of the main opposition Democratic Party.

Marc Lazar, a French academic specialising in Italian politics, agreed.

The joke was “an implicit wink to Italian machos to hide something far more serious: using his power as head of the government to get a young girl out of jail despite her having been detained for theft,” said Lazar, a professor of politics at Luiss University in Rome.

The bad-taste quip itself also caused widespread offence.

The gay rights group Arcigay said that Berlusconi’s remarks were “gratuitous and vulgar and offensive not just to homosexuals but also to women.”

Former anti-corruption judge Antonio Di Pietro, who heads the Italy of Values opposition party, said Berlusconi “still lives in the Stone Age.”

Even Berlusconi loyalist Mara Carfagna, Italy’s equal opportunities minister, said the Italian leader should “refrain” from such comments.

Pierluigi Bersani, who is the leader of the Democratic Party, said there had been a “moral regression in the country” under Berlusconi.

Bersani has already called for Berlusconi’s resignation but most experts agreed that this was unlikely to happen despite the scandal falling at a time when Berlusconi’s ruling coalition is being riven by infighting.

At Tuesday’s motorcycle show, Berlusconi said he was sure the government “has a majority and will go ahead until the next parliament” in 2013.

On Monday, Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party challenged the Italian prime minister’s arch-rival Gianfranco Fini, the speaker of parliament, to either stop supporting the government and trigger new elections or stop criticising it.

“No one wants early elections,” Lazar said. But he added that the current impasse was “one of the gravest political crises in Italian history.”

Stefano Folli, a columnist for business daily Il Sole 24 Ore, said: “Berlusconi’s personal crisis has not yet become a political crisis.”

“One point is sure. The Berlusconi government is paralysed. Virtually dead, one could say, because of the loss of its leadership credibility,” he added.


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