Italian cabinet minister Marianna Madia was caught by paparazzi eating gelato in her car, and the gossip magazine Chi splashed the photos in a big spread together, complete with sexual innuendos.
Here’s the photo spread in question:
That big headline roughly translates to “She knows how to do it with ice cream.” Part of it also reads that she was allowing herself a “pleasurable break.”
The backlash grew swiftly in Italy, with a few prominent politicians denouncing Chi‘s sexism. And some Italian women (and men) took to Twitter with the hashtag #cisofareanchio (“I know how to do it too”) to show their support for Madia:
— Sara Giudice (@sara_giudice1) November 5, 2014
— Diana Maltagliati (@DMaltagliati) November 5, 2014
— Federica Grimoldi (@fede_grimoldi) November 5, 2014
— Mariangela Pira (@MariangelaPira) November 5, 2014
— meltyBuzz Italia (@meltyBuzz_it) November 5, 2014
— Simone Alliv (@SimoneAlli) November 5, 2014
Alfonso Signorini, editor of the magazine, has refused to apologize, even issuing a statement attacking “the entire political left” for focusing on this instead of important issues.
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