What’s A Little Hypocrisy Among Friends?
It is most certainly not my habit to put images of pin-up gals on VitaVagabonda, but if you live long enough you find there’s a political purpose for everything.
The charming young woman in question is Mara Carfagna, the former Miss Italy 1997 who, following a career in T&A, had all the right stuff to become the CaiNano’s new Minister for Equal Opportunity. In other words, she’s the person Silvio B. thinks is qualified to defend Italians in the event they face discrimination.
Of course, some Italians are more worth defending than others. Ms. Carfagna has made it quite clear that she’s not amused by all this “gay marriage” business, and, in an interview with Il Giornale on January 31, 2007, got off an observation that would have made R. D. Laing proud (if you can’t quite follow, don’t worry: you need to have a law degree like the one Ms. Carfagna bought earned in order to say things like this):
Inequality (in the matter of same-sex unions) is a false problem. It isn’t clear, in fact, why somebody who consciously refuses to get married and to take on the rights and obligations that come with marriage should nonetheless demand to enjoy those rights without attending to the obligations. As Marcello Pera says, it’s not a problem of inequality, it’s a question of free choice. A person might decide to get married or not, but you don’t demand the rights that come with marriage without entering into a proper state of matrimony.
On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia (May 17), Ms. Carfagna took another opportunity to show her commitment to anti-discrimination by making a few comments regarding the annual Roma Pride LGBT-rights celebration, scheduled for early June. (The city of Rome has once again refused to sponsor any of the events associated with the march.)
Allowing as how there’s no space in an “evolved society” for discrimination, Carfagna noted that “homophobia, too, must be countered with civility and respect.” However, she adds (and it’s a big “however”): “Such an attitude has to correspond to the sobriety of the homosexual community’s march, which should not devolve into exhibitionism.”
I mention this only because, if you have to be scolded for exhibitionism, it hurts less when it comes from someone who knows the topic so intimately.
Posted on 17 May 2008, in Italy, Italian, Italians (in that order), Queer ... Plus All Those Acronyms, You Can Always Count on a Little Homophobia and tagged Gay Pride Rome, Mara Carfagna, Roma Pride, Silvio Berlusconi. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.