Silvio “Papi” Berlusconi: Oh, Come ON.
Of all the heinously criminal dealings that have the potential to bring down Silvio Berlusconi, it seems as though he might just be done in by an 18-year-old chippie named Noemi Letizia. The irony, of course, is that it was La Berlusca himself who single-handedly created an Italian culture that couldn’t give a shit about real issues, but sinks its teeth into a scandal like a fucking pit bull.
His gaffes are many and known worldwide – calling Obama “tan,” the bandana/hairplugs incident with the Blairs (Cherie having just admitted last month they “only did it for Britain”) , encouraging L’Aquila earthquake victims to see their homelessness like a weekend of camping, etc.
But much less known, thanks to his iron-fisted control of the country’s media outlets, are the stories about the girls. This is because, as The Times of London reports, “He threatens those newspapers and televisions stations that he controls, invokes the law to protect his ‘privacy,’ issues evasive and contradictory statements and then melodramatically promises to resign if he is caught lying.” In fact, the only major national newspaper to confront the chippie quetsion head-on has been La Repubblica.
Our precocious little Noemi (ahem, and NSFW) was the recipient of a 6,000-euro bracelet from “Papi” on the occasion of her 18th birthday. Seating at state dinners has been rearranged to accommodate her last-minute arrival. She’s been seen being whisked away in unmarked government vehicles to meetings with the diminutive, orange-hued leader. And when asked separately about the story behind and nature of their odd friendship, they both had startlingly different versions to tell.
In the midst of his wife filing for divorce, a “formal investigation for abuse of power” being filed just yesterday and a book called We, Silvio’s Girls hitting bookshelves next week (hilariously titled, given that it is in apparent defense of Berlusconi against the tales of his topless parties in Sardegna and his coterie of “aspiring models” to whom he promises seats in Parliament) – oh, and let’s not forget the EU elections – his increasingly smaller number of faithful minions have decided the best defense is a ridiculously ostentatious offense:
As the New York Times drolly observes, “Really.”