A phrase by journalist Andrea Giambruno, romantic partner of the Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, has sparked controversy in Italy, after ensuring that “if you avoid getting drunk” you also avoid “the wolf”when referring to some cases of sexual violence that in recent days have shocked the country.
“If you are going to dance, you have every right to get drunk – there should be no misunderstanding – but if you avoid getting drunk and passing out, “You may also avoid incurring certain problems.” because “otherwise the wolf runs the risk of finding you,” he said.
These controversial words from Giambruno, a journalist from Mediaset, the group owned by the Berlusconi family, during a program in which two recent cases of gang res were discussed on the Rete 4 channel, have sparked a cascade of criticism.
All political parties have condemned the statements, in particular the progressive Democratic Party (PD), the largest of the opposition, which described as “disgusting and offensive”and the populist 5 Star Movement (M5S), which considered them “unacceptable and shameful.”
“They can’t help but blame women. Violence is always their fault. Now Giambruno also explains it to us,” said Cecilia D’Elia, vice president of the investigation commission on feminicide, while deputy Alessandro Zan asked Meloni to Explain to your partner that “blaming the victims, especially on live television, “It is a barbaric and perverse practice.”
They are a “plastic representation of a sexist and retrograde culture that constitutes the breeding ground for violent behavior and the abuse that so many women suffer every day,” said a statement from the M5S, whose vice president in the Chamber of Deputies, Vittoria Baldino, He asked that “Mediaset management immediately distance itself from this disturbing statement.”
“President Meloni’s companion should study a little before speaking, given his role and his job,” said Luana Zanella, of the Green-Left Alliance, while for the centrist Raffaella Paita, national coordinator of Italia Viva, These are “very serious” words. because “a certain superficiality contributes to turning the victim into a guilty party.”
Giambruno was very upset by some attacks that he described as “surreal” when he recalled that he himself had referred to the perpetrators of sexual abuse as “beasts” and had defined the events as “abominable.”
During a television broadcast, the journalist said that his words “have been used in an instrumental and misleading manner, distorting reality,” out of “bad faith or because they have serious problems of understanding” and asked to put an end to a “ridiculous” controversy because “the politics has much more important things to do.
Meloni will travel next Thursday to Caivano, in the province of Nles (southern Italy), a town with serious problems of crime and abandonment, after two 13-year-old cousins were red by six teenagers in a case that, along with the group re of a girl in Palermo, has shocked the country.