Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

RAI show to close after 'crazy' Eastern women report

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© ANSA

Rome, March 20 - RAI chief Antonio Camp Dall'Orto on
Monday announced the closure of a Saturday-afternoon talk show
amid controversy over a report that the State broadcaster ran at
the weekend on why some Italian men form relationships with
women from Eastern Europe.
"People make mistakes, and they're duty-bound to apologise,
but apologies sometimes aren't enough," said Dall'Orto,
announcing the closure of Parliamone Sabato (Let's talk About It
Saturday), presented by veteran host Paolo Perego.
RAI President Monica Maggioni earlier apologized for the
show, which House Speaker Laura Boldrini, among others, branded
"unacceptable".
"I didn't see the show. I'm finding out about it from
websites," Maggioni told ANSA.
"What I see is a surreal representation of Italy in 2017.
Then, if this representation is given by the public service
broadcaster, it is a crazy mistake, unacceptable. I personally
feel involved as a woman. I apologize.
"As a company we will try to understand how this service came
about". The Parliamone Sabato show on flagship channel RAI1
featured a graphic showing what it argued were the six main
advantages of romance with an Eastern European woman.
These included the ability to recover their figure after
giving birth and, purportedly, a greater willingness to forgive
affairs and let the man be the boss.
They also included a lesser inclination for "whingeing",
always wearing sexy clothes instead of pajamas or shellsuits,
and being "perfect housewives".
RAI1 Director Andrea Fabiano also apologized via Twitter.

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