Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Sicilian councillor says 'whore' comment refers to past MPs

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Rome, March 26 - Sicilian singer-songwriter and
regional councillor for tourism Franco Battiato apologized on
Tuesday for comments he made about Italy's parliament being full
of "whores", saying that he was not referring to current MPs.
Earlier on Tuesday the Battiato told the European
Parliament that some Italian MPs would be prepared to "do
anything" and that it would be better "if they opened a
brothel", causing outrage among many Italian MPs.
"I find it hard to believe that a man of culture such as
Battiato, who is also currently involved in governing the
important region of Sicily, would have pronounced such vulgar
words," House Speaker Laura Boldrini said.
Battiato responded, saying that "my comment that was
interpreted as an insult was not referring to the present MPs,
whom I esteem, or to women, or the European Parliament".
"It was clear that the reference was to past
administrations that every Italian with good sense wishes they
could forget...characterized by political dishonesty, contempt
for women and for the public good".
"I am sorry that after an hour and a half of explaining
what we are doing to give Sicily back its dignity and hope that
the one single phrase which was obviously not referring to the
present was what came out (of the conference)," Battiato said.

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