Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said that while illegal immigrants were not welcome in Italy he would make an exception for “beautiful girls.”
Ah, what a nice Valentine’s Day gift to all the single men in Italy.
We really shouldn’t be too shocked at the 73-year old’s remark despite the face that is made while to speaking to journalists following a meeting with the prime minister of Albania.
Berlusconi actually has a history of making off-hand ribald remarks during meetings with foreign leaders and at international summits.
I will admit that I don’t have an issue with the remark itself and might find it funny in some contexts. During random conversation in a social setting? I’m fine with that. But coming from a prime minister speaking in an official capacity with reporters is pushing it in my opinion.
In America such a remark might be enough to finish the career of a politician. In Italy though it appears this ‘open humor’ is accepted practice.