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Berlusconi Protesters Have a Few Tricks Up Their Sleeve

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Posted on Feb 4, 2011
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Following a long-standing tradition of creative Italian resistance, activists are planning to adorn Silvio Berlusconi’s villa with condoms, as well as performing parodies set to the soundtrack of “Grease,” to protest the prime minister’s most recent alleged sexual escapades

In the latest scandal, dubbed “Rubygate,” the prime minister is accused of paying for sex with a 17-year-old nightclub dancer. —JCL

Reuters:

From plans to shower Silvio Berlusconi’s villa with condoms to parodies set to the soundtrack from the musical Grease, Italians are protesting the prime minister’s sex scandals with a mix of outrage and humor.

Polls show Berlusconi’s conservative voter base has mostly shrugged off the “Rubygate” affair in which he is accused of paying for sex with a teenage nightclub dancer.

But leftist activists and youth have been galvanized by a scandal featuring a surreal mix of showgirls, envelopes of cash and sex games.

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By RenZo, February 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm Link to this comment

@ SarcastiCanuck
His 17 yr old dancer is more likely Albanian or other illegal alien and 14 or 15, or like the former Presidente of Lazio Province a transexual. Italian politicians are much wilder than their american heroes, gutsier and they have more rapacious appetites than chubby interns can satisfy.
If he is your hero, you might want to take another look at the LoneRanger or RoyRogers, whose public morality was better contructed, better acted, and more convincing.

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By iowaheretic, February 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment
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When they can’t find or make up anything that somebody has actually done wrong against people or the law, they always turn to sex. Like if it’s something new and criminal against humankind! what a bunch of hypocrites. It’s the same thing they did to Bill Clinton.

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By doctork, February 5, 2011 at 4:05 am Link to this comment
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berlusconi is a deeply corrupt politician whom many italians consider to be just
shy of a fascist, who controls 90% of the country’s media, and who also happens
to have years and years of nasty sex and prostitution scandals (often with minors)
under his belt, as it were (not to mention a whole lot of accusations of mafia
links). 

so in response to the previous posters, i don’t agree that “he’s not hurting
anyone,” and i also suspect that this protest is probably symbolically protesting
more than meets the eye.  i also i find the previous poster’s comments to be
deeply misogynistic and callous.

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By tropicgirl, February 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment

Some bunch of emasculated men are after this guy.

PLeeeeeeeeeeeeease. Let’s just take a guess at what globalist screw job that this leader had he guts to oppose.

I’m tired. Maybe I’ll look into it next week. But I already know…

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By SarcastiCanuck, February 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment
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Reality check folks.Silvio is not hurting anyone,he is making love and not war.He is paying for his sex so thus stimulating the economy and providing jobs to the underemployed youth of the country.He is spending his tourist dollars in his own country.He is providing work for the tabloid writers,photographers and editors.He entertains the world and perpetuates the great Italian lover legend and I don’t think he has hurt anyone while doing that.How many other world leaders can make that claim.As far as the 17 year old night-club dancer,I bet she’s 17 going on 35…
  I bet when Mr.Berlusconi dies,they’ll have to beat the coffin closed with a baseball bat.Rejoice Italians,your Prime Minister has probably created more smiles in this world than all the other politicians combined.Viva Italia….

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