Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The cast of "Jersey Shore" might ruin Italy's reputation

Here is a video of the current prime minister of Italy, a man called Silvio Berlusconi, interacting with an Italian citizen:

Mr. Berlusconi is also currently on trial, accused of having sexual relations with a 17 year-old prostitute:
Mr Berlusconi, 74, is accused of paying a teenage nightclub dancer for sex and later abusing his power in an attempt to cover it up.
The trial opens a day after taped conversations that feature Berlusconi discussing Ruby's age were leaked

Prosecutors claim that he paid her for sexual relations on 13 occasions when she was working as a 17-year-old escort – a year below the legal age of prostitution in Italy – and that he then tried to cover up the relationship through an abuse of office.

Here is a photo of two women kissing at one of Mr. Berlusconi's "Bunga Bunga" Parties:

The above image is one of many that
were discovered on laptops and cameras seized by prosecutors from dozens of female guests as part of their investigation into the Italian prime minister.

The 74-year-old is alleged to have paid for sex with a 17-year-old belly dancer called Karima El Mahroug – as well as 32 other women – giving them cash and jewellery. Miss El Mahroug, it is alleged, was under the legal age for prostitution.
Other pictures show unidentified women about to kiss as well as women in provocative poses. They were all taken in the early hours of the morning at Mr Berlusconi's home in Arcore near Milan, one of the venues for the parties.
Mr Berlusconi is said to have used his power as prime minister to secure the release of Miss El Mahroug when she was arrested for theft last May by wrongly telling Milan police she was related to the then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Oh, but filming an American reality television program would just be too much for this delicate country to handle.
In a list posted in Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, [Florence mayor Matteo] Renzi noted that Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and her friends are not to be filmed being served alcohol in clubs or drinking alcohol in public places so as not to promote Florence as supportive of excessive alcohol intake.

While conceding that he cannot ban the reality show from filming in his city outright, the politician, who was elected in 2009, indicated he will prevent the stars from being granted access to several of Florence's historic facilities.
One would hate to think that word might get out that alcohol was available in Italy.

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