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Ok, if the interview the other day left me with some hope, he's balanced it out with some atrocious comments that remind me why Silvio needs to go.

The comment regarding Miha is unfair and damaging. Saying he has to win every match is stupid.

If that wasn't enough, he follows it up by saying Balo is an Italian who spent too much time in the sun (facepalm).

Silvio deserves this

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“I also get information from the fans if I get a taxi. You know taxi drivers are great football experts.”


Also, this priceless comment Facepalm
When Berlusconi gets cocky and senile, I would rather turn to taxi drivers for opinions. Smile
Take it easy guys, please.
Okay, I will be nice to Berlusconi and taxi drivers then.

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I'm usually not the one to defend Berlusconi from anything, but the reaction to his "racist" comment about Ballotelli is way too excessive. People are too fucking sensitive, and looking for a reason to hate, it just shows you where this world has gone.

Lets analyze it a bit:

Is it a fact that white people's skin, when exposed to too much sun, goes darker? It is.
Is Ballotelli's skin dark? Yes it is.
Did Berlusconi imply in any way that being black is bad? No he didnt.

Now, I'm all against racial discrimination. Had Berlu said something like "I dont want him at Milan because he is black" I would be hating on him, same as I hate retarded fans who throw bananas or make monkey sounds at black players.

But just because you point out that a certain dude has a certain skin colour, does NOT mean you are a racist. You become a racist when you start discriminating someone based on that criteria. And I dont see how Balo was in any way harmed by this statement.
Stitch I disagree with you on this, what Berlusconi said really isn't acceptable. Saying Balotelli "has taken too much sun" is implying there is a problem with having darker skin. Moreso, Balotelli being black is genetic, not because of sun exposure. It's an obvious fact, but dismissing that fact is offensive in itself.

Fundamentally, if Silvio wanted to identify Balotelli as an Italian, he should have just grouped him with the other Italians, rather than singling him out due to his skin colour. His comment may have been an attempt to be cute or funny, but really for a guy like Balotelli, who through his career his status as an Italian has been under question due to his skin colour, this comment really isn't helpful.

It's similar to when Silvio called Obama "tanned", dismissing and pretty much belittling the fact that in America, a major milestone had been reached in terms of racial equality.
I actually think stitch is right.

I actually interpreted it as him accepting balotelli may not be a pure italian, but he considers balo to be one.
(02-23-2016, 04:42 PM)ACMILAN1983 Wrote: [ -> ]Stitch I disagree with you on this, what Berlusconi said really isn't acceptable. Saying Balotelli "has taken too much sun" is implying there is a problem with having darker skin. Moreso, Balotelli being black is genetic, not because of sun exposure. It's an obvious fact, but dismissing that fact is offensive in itself.

Fundamentally, if Silvio wanted to identify Balotelli as an Italian, he should have just grouped him with the other Italians, rather than singling him out due to his skin colour. His comment may have been an attempt to be cute or funny, but really for a guy like Balotelli, who through his career his status as an Italian has been under question due to his skin colour, this comment really isn't helpful.

It's similar to when Silvio called Obama "tanned", dismissing and pretty much belittling the fact that in America, a major milestone had been reached in terms of racial equality.

Tell me, do white people often long for a darker tan? Dont they sunbathe too much, even going to solariums just to achieve exacly that? I did not see or hear anything in Berlusconi's statement that implies that being dark is bad.

And we all know his blackness is genetic, but that was the point of the joke, right? So if I have a big nose, and someone makes a joke about it, I should alert all media and bash that man in public because i feel endangered?

I mean, youre acting like even mentioning of someone's colour is a taboo. I dont see the problem with talking about it. The problem rises when someone has prejudices that someone is better or worse based on skin colour

Edit: I like watching black women when I watch porn, because I think they have beautiful asses. Am I a racist? Icon_lol2
Regarding the first paragraph, there's a lot of historical, political, cultural and social factors and influence that determines the meaning and context of a comment. What Berlusconi said and did isn't the same as commenting on a white man getting a tan. I really can't go into detail about this, partly as it'd take ages, but also because I'd end up breaking the foruim rules.

As I said before, if it was a joke, it was in poor taste. Balotelli's got a long history of not being accepted as Italian because of his skin colour, or being discriminated against on the pitch because of his skin colour.

Mentioning skin colour is fine. However Silvio's comment is damaging, as he's singling out Balo because of his skin, because saying he's had "too much" sun has negative connotations about dark skin and saying it in jest is belittling a serious issue in Italian society today.