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Berlusconi jokes about renaming his party ‘Go Pussy’

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Summary of story from the Guardian, October 7, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, has done it again – offended his colleagues and the public by making irrelevant sexist and vulgar jokes.

This week Berlusconi joked that he was thinking of renaming his party “Forza Gnocca” which translates as “Go Pussy”.

The joke was part of Berlusconi’s response to the slide in the polls of his party caused by the financial crisis and his sex scandals.

Berlusconi told MPs he had commissioned surveys to find a new name for the party, currently called “Forza Italia” or “Go Italy”.

“Some of polls say the best choice would be Forza Gnocca,” he joked.

Pier Luigi Bersani, the head of the opposition Democratic party, considered the quip despairing, while party colleague Rosy Bindi said: “Now the farce is turning into tragedy.”

Democratic senator Anna Finocchiaro said: “These are not jokes but a reflection of the view that Berlusconi and his coalition have of the country – backward, vulgar and squalid.”

The widely read Catholic publication Famiglia Cristiana joined in, telling Berlusconi: “If you are not ashamed, we will be ashamed for you.”

But Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of the Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and a Berlusconi MP called the quip “splendid”, adding “it means he considers us protagonists”.

Berlusconi is currently standing trial in Milan accused of paying an underage prostitute. Berlusconi’s political career, already considered to be on the wane, can only go further downhill with behaviour like this.

  1. Karen Ingala Smith says:

    Insulting to women, Italians and cats.

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