Meno male che Silvio c’è
June 5, 2011 5:43 PM Subscribe
Thank God Silvio Exists! A beautiful blond woman, standing in a grocery store beside a pile of bananas, sings, “There’s a big dream that lives in all of us.” A throng of women belt out the chorus together under a cloudless sky: “Menomale che Silvio c’è”— “Thank God there’s Silvio.” Other women in various settings pick up the tune: a young mother in a pediatrician’s office, surrounded by nurses; a brunette in a beauty parlor, dressed for work in a camisole that barely covers her breasts. To American eyes, the ad looks like a parody, or perhaps some new kind of musical pornography that’s just about to erupt into carnality.
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(from a New Yorker blog post
The blog post presents some additional context to Ariel Levy's piece on Silvio Berlusconi:
BASTA BUNGA BUNGA Berlusconi is the Italy’s waning Hugh Hefner, reviled and admired for his hedonism—except that he’s supposed to be running the country.
The blog post also links to a subtitled version of the documentary "Il Corpo delle Donne"
, or "Women' Bodies":
This project took off as a matter of urgency. It all started with the observation that women--real women--are an endangered species on (Italian) television, one that is being replaced by a grotesque, vulgar and humiliating representation. We sensed the enormity of this loss: the erasure of women's identity is happening right before our eyes, but without a proper reaction, not even from women themselves.