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”.