The Least Worst of Them All – Italian Politics

I’m so tired. This electoral campaign is killing me.

Here in Italy there is such a toxic and poisonous environment: these elections are fucking disgusting.

Long story short: all the candidates are terrible.

Fascists, fascists, more fascists, idiots, ignorant idiots, annoying people and a disgraced former prime minister with tax evasion convictions, accusations of having had sex with a 17-year-old and the “elegant dinner parties” in which he had strippers, prostitutes and so much more.

Yes, I’m talking about Silvio Berlusconi. We all thought he had retired, he had recused himself to private life, walking his stupid dog and feeding lambs. (Just google the lamb thing. *epic eye roll* ).

I’m so fed up with this revolting climate.

We have far-right movements that want migrants out of the country, hate the LGBTQ+ community, hate the European Union, hate “the system” (whatever that is). They made deplorable comments about our speaker of the house, Laura Boldrini who has received rape and death threats because she is a woman in power.

I’m talking about Matteo Salvini, fascist in chef of the “Lega” party. A truly horrid human being.

And yet, there was a stand in the middle on the Piazza of my city, encouraging people to vote for them. We are in a very Pro-Lega zone and some comments I’ve heard have been truly horrific.

Then there is the “5 star movement”: a group of entitled, arrogant and dodgy individuals whose policy is currently unclear. They are new to politics and their unpreparedness is the cause of the many scandals they have been a part of and irresponsible decisions they have made. You can consider them “centrists”?

Here is a cartoon of all the coalitions and political parties:

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From L to R: The Right / The Left / The 5 Stars Movement / … and some other people?

Then, last but not least, we have the left.

As a very liberal person, I’ve been trying to find a candidate that I could embrace.

But there is a pretty big problem: there are too many parties inside the left. They decided to split into tiny tiny sections, instead of uniting and fighting against the Right.

People aren’t very comfortable talking about their vote: I am.

I’m voting left. I’m voting for the Democratic Party.

Because I like them? No. I don’t. I agree with some of the things they are talking about and promising to us. But I don’t particularly like Matteo Renzi, the supposed leader of the PD (Democratic Party) and man who will inevitably be chosen by the President of the Republic to form the government.

After reading this you’ll probably think: “Why are you voting for someone you don’t really like?”

The answer is simply. I’m doing what American Voters should have done in 2016.

YOU VOTE THE LEAST WORST CANDIDATE

We have to ensure that the Right won’t win. Sadly, casting your vote for a small leftist party would spread the numbers and therefore, nobody would stand a chance to win against the other aisle.

Italian politics are ugly. We are known for our cases of ignorance, corruption and racism.

And for this, I also blame myself.

I didn’t get invested. I didn’t do anything to support what I believe. Mainly because, I don’t see represented in a candidate what I stand for.

There are no campaigns, no ways in which young people can get involved. I also never spoke about it on social media. (Maybe for the better, since you can’t change people’s mind via Facebook and what you get into are just arguments and fights).

I wish I had the opportunity of doing something more, I wish there was a united left I whose beliefs I could relate to.

What I’m saying is: Please vote left. Please don’t let Salvini and Berlusconi’s coalition become the next government.

We are already so so so behind on everything. We can’t move backwards.

And now, I’m leaving you with Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’s newest desk piece about our upcoming elections.

He will explain everything so much better than I ever could.

xxx

Georgia

And for more fun: here is a ridiculous poster made my Italians to explain to English-speaking people what our parties (and candidates) stand for:

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Sometimes Change Isn’t For The Better

I got a haircut today.

And it didn’t go as planned.

I wanted it shortened and with long bangs so that there is a little movement and volume. Instead the hairdresser cut them too short and now it looks like I had a fringe and I’m trying to grow them out.

It’s not terrible… I kind of like it. It’s the way she curled it that I don’t really like.

Anyway, you can all imagine what my family had to say about it.

My mom came in saying: “Oh my God what is that? What did you do with your hair?”

My sister said nothing.

My aunt gave a consiscending smile and said: “Wow, the hairdresser is so hip and modern and she gives you an horr… well, a haircut like that.”

Then they piled on:

– “It looks like you’re from the 80s.”

– “You look ancient”

– “You just need to grow your bangs.”

Then they added that “compliment” because maybe they realised what they said was mostly negative and said: “But you still look pretty.”

So yeah…I was trying so hard not to cry. I am so deeply insecure about me appearance that it kills me every time.

I promised myself I wouldn’t have listened but after the forth comment, I couldn’t help it.

So guess what? Tomorrow I’ll wash my hair and try to style it as I like it.

Wish me luck.

xxx

“Oh, Hello! On Broadway” review

I’ve been meaning to watch this play for at least 7 months and a couple days ago I finally did it!

oh hello on broadwayEver since I saw John Mulaney’s stand up special on Netflix, I’ve been keeping an eye on his on-going projects. So when they announced on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show that their play was going to be recorded and uploaded on Netflix, I promised myself I would watch it immediately.

Then 7 months went by and here we are!

“Oh, Hello! On Broadway” is a play about two elderly man called Gil and Georgie, living together in an apartment in Upper State Manhattan. They wear turtleneck, weird blazers and act just like you’d expect two weird, strange and not too bright old men would.

The act originated on Nick Kroll’s Comedy Special’s “Kroll Show” and then went unto Broadway from September 2016 to January 2017. It was so successful that John Mulaney and Nick Kroll took the show on the road across America.

Seeing how well-received it was, I was a bit surprised for the first 20 minutes of the show. I didn’t quite get it. It took me a little while to understand it.

Then all of a sudden, it clicked. It is such a clever and interesting idea!

These two men wrote a play and then decided to performe it. Before the actual show starts, they introduce themselves. During the play, they constantly break the forth wall to talk to either the audience or to Ravi, the tech guy.

As “The Atlantic” put it:

Oh, Hello on Broadway is technically a play within a meta-play”

Since I’m studying exactly this topic at university, I found the whole play particularly interesting.

We, as audience, are at a play in which there is another play whose wall between the two is often shattered.

While performing their play within the play, they often break character and talk to each other about how the show is going. But mostly… they engage is some weird banter. They don’t just stop their own play to talk to the other, but they interract with the audience and with their tech guy Ravi. Even in the middle of saying their lines.

It’s complicated and so fun. So much fun.

I had a blast watching it and I don’t double I will watch it again sometime soon.

I was so surprised by it and if possible, I love John Mulaney even more. I wish Netflix would bring more Broadway productions to our screen. Not all of us have the opportunity and money to go see a show and I’d still like to enjoy some sort of the experience.

Go check it out. I truly recommend it.

xxx

Georgia

How is this still a thing?

Disclaimer! This post contains strong language and spoilers for Brooklyn Nine Nine’s fifth season.

Let’s start 2018 with a post about feminism because… why not?

This issue has been bothering me for ages. And I don’t understand it. I literally don’t.

I borrowed the title of this post from a segment on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”, where John Oliver tries to figure out the reason why old traditions and “things” stop exists.

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Anyway, what I want to talk about is: why is there still this stupid-ass tradition of asking a girl’s father permission to marry her?

It’s not a rhetorical question, I’ll genuinely like to know.

And moreover, why are they always shoving it down our throats on TV shows?

Take the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise: they make such a big deal out of it! Asking the father permission to marry his daughter. Utter bullshit.

Are we in the Middle Ages or the 1950s? Have we reversed to “women being properties of their fathers or husbands”?

This makes me so fucking angry. Why do we, as a society, have this belief that it is romantic? It’s not. It’s a man asking another man a question about a woman’s life without taking her into consideration.

A proposal should be about the people in the relationship, not about them and the girl’s father.

And television doens’t help this problem. But here I don’t want to talk about those. I want to celebrate those shows that do it right.

Take Brooklyn Nine Nine. This season Jake proposed to Amy in the most adorable and sweet way imaginable.

And when asked if Jake had asked Amy’s father’s permission, this is what he said:

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THIS is what television should teach us.

and with that, I’ll leave you to it.

Please comment and start a discussion. I’d like to hear your thoughts.

xxx

Georgia