2022 – The Italian entertainment industry reacts to the electoral victory of the far right

Italy and all of Europe woke up on Monday with a new political reality after far-right politician Giorgia Meloni won the early elections in Italy. With almost all the results, the party of Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, a group of neo-fascist origins, got the most votes.

His far-right coalition, which includes the Lega, led by Matteo Salvini, and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, has a clear majority and should be able to form a new government. Such a coalition of nationalist and far-right parties would represent Italy’s most right-wing government since the end of Benito Mussolini’s reign in 1945. Meloni has made a name for himself with firmly conservative positions on abortion, immigration and LGBTQ + rights.

Given the seismic political shift, it was perhaps surprising to see few voices among the traditionally left-wing Italian entertainment industry rise up in protest. Only a handful of the country’s leading actors, directors and musicians have turned to social media to publicly express their thoughts on the election.

Many of the most active figures in the Italian cultural and film industry are not active on social media, but the silence, especially after the intense and divisive election campaign of recent weeks, is significant.

Francesca Michielin, singer and presenter of the Italian edition of X Factorwho tweeted in no uncertain terms: “Our resistance begins today”.


On Instagram Damiano, leader of the Eurovision Song Contest winners, Maneskin, posted: “Today is a sad day for my country, in connection with the news of the elections in the center-left newspaper. The Republic.

“I didn’t vote for you,” noted actor and director Filippo Timi, who appeared alongside George Clooney in the 2010 film. The American.

In reference to the fascist ties of the Brothers in Italy, Perfect strangers the actress Kasia Smutniak wrote: in October we go back an hour, today we go back a hundred years.

Others indulged in dark humor.

“I don’t know if I should change clothes or change country,” joked comedian and TV presenter Luciana Littizzetto.

Instead The great beauty actress Sabrina Ferilli joked: ” [at least the] The trains will be on time now ”, a reference to the common myth that when Mussolini was in charge, trains were never late.

Pietro Turano, actor and LGBTQ + activist, however, did not have time to joke. In a long statement on Instagram, he denounced “The myopia of politics [which] it returned parliament to the more conservative factions, even though the country actually voted in favor of progressive parties.

Instead of words, director Paolo Virzì, whose new film Drought premiered at the Venice Film Festival and currently in cinemas, he shared a comic about Giorgia Meloni.

actor Alessandro Gassman (vector 2, dinner) took a more conciliatory approach, tweeting: “This is how democracy works. Good luck to those who now have to lead this country.


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