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Italy Promotes “12 Years A Slave” With White Actors Instead Of Its Critically Acclaimed (And Black!) Star Chiwetel Ejiofor

Italy Promotes "12 Years A Slave" With White Actors Instead Of The Critically Acclaimed (And Black!) Italy Promotes "12 Years A Slave" With White Actors Instead Of Its Critically Acclaimed (And Black!) Star Chiwetel Ejiofor

The movie “12 Years A Slave” is being heralded as one of the best films of the year, is expected to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, and leads the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods. Its star is Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is winning accolades left and right for his performance as Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery. It is his image that appears on the majority of movie posters (right) promoting “12 Years A Slave” in the United States and around the world — except Italy, that is. Keep reading »

Italian Lady Explains All The Italian Hand Gestures You Need To Know (NSFW)

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Parlare Come Un Italiano!

During all the years I studied Italian, I never learned much of the important stuff I needed in Italy, like “Only with a condom on!” and “Get your hand out of my purse, you fucking pickpocket scum.” Too bad comedian Veronika Poli wasn’t around. Here are all of the hand gestures you need to know to tell someone to fuck off or shut up, or draw more attention your boobs. The only other thing you need to know is to bring your own condoms and just shake it in their face. [Laughing Squid]

Italian Law Student Is Selling Naked Pics Of Herself Over Facebook To Buy A New Moped

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Times are hard. But one Italian law student whose moped is about to break is getting entrepreneurial: she’s selling naked pictures of herself over Facebook to raise money for new wheels. The student known only as Mary posted a picture of herself holding a sign in Italian, which obscures her face but puts her lovely boobs on full display.  She also posted fliers around her home city of Naples with her business deal.  She’s already sold quite a few naked pics, apparently!  ”I like to make photos and I want to have some fun this way,” she wrote on Facebook. “Plus, my scooter is close to its end. … and I need to buy a new one, so why not?” Sounds fine to me.  She’s being upfront about what the wants the money for and she’s keeping the buyers anonymous. Frankly, selling naked pics is a lot more honest than the way a lot of other people earn money. [New York Daily News]

WTF: Pregnant Mother With Bipolar Disorder Sedated, Baby Forcibly Taken From Womb Via C-Section

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This story is all kinds of fucked up: a pregnant woman in Essex, UK, was sedated and had her baby forcibly taken from her womb via C-section because she was not taking her medication for bipolar disorder. The child is now 15-months-old and in the care of social services. The woman, an Italian who was in the UK for a Ryanair training course, is now trying to get her child back. Keep reading »

Bananas Thrown At Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s First Black Minister

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Convicted Of Paying 17-Year-Old For Sex

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Silvio Berlusconi convicted of underage sex

Noted horndog and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 76, was found guilty of paying for sex from a 17-year-old at one of his famous “bunga bunga” parties and sentenced to seven years in prison. Although Karima El Mahroug  passed herself off as being 24, the Moroccan nightclub dancer nicknamed Ruby the Heart Stealer was definitely not over 18, the legal age to pay someone for sex in Italy. Keep reading »

Dolce and Gabbana Guilty Of Tax Evasion

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The two iconic Italian fashion designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, were both found guilty this week of evading taxes on $1.3 billion in income. The case dates back to 2004 when the pair sold Dolce & Gabbana’s main two brands to a Luxembourg-based holding company. Prosecutors claimed that this was done to avoid paying taxes on the profit from the brands. It makes a lot of sense considering that corporate tax rates in Luxembourg are basically zero. Dolce and Gabbana have been sentenced pay a hefty fine and one year and eight months of jail time each, but this means essentially nothing in Italy. The two are allowed to appeal this verdict twice, which could take years. Even if they are forced to serve time, sentences that are less than two years are served under house arrest or community service. Keep reading »

Calling All Dough Boys: Italy Desperate For More Pizza Makers

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Pizza. It’s pretty much the most important thing ever. But for the intrepid people of Italy — birthplace of modern pizza culture — pizza may go the way of the dodo. Okay, not really, but there is a vital shortage of dough and sauce guys in Italy.

According to reports from the Italian business federation, the country’s short around 6,000 pizza makers. Of late, they’ve had to cull pizza-making talent from abroad, and many pizza operations are now overseen by people with no formal pizza training.   Keep reading »

Italian Town Gives Pregnant Women & New Moms Their Own Parking Spaces

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Women’s rights activists in Italy are supposedly upset that the town of Corinaldo has widened and repainted hundreds of parking spaces as pink to signify they are for pregnant women and new moms. The wider, moms-only parking spaces were debuted for International Women’s Day last Friday. But the UK’s Sun newspaper quotes feminist activists pointing out the gesture only serves to reinforce women’s traditional role as mothers: Keep reading »

Priest Says Women Encourage Domestic Violence For Not Cooking And Cleaning Well Enough

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A priest in a northern village in Italy posted some helpful tips for ladies on how to avoid getting beaten by their husbands. “Healthy self-criticism” is necessary for women to make sure there’s nothing they could be doing differently to stop getting beat, such as cooking more dinners, doing the laundry, and dressing more modestly. Keep reading »

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