Monday, May 30, 2011

“Non sono una donna a sua disposizione!” (by res ipsa)

Translation: "I am not one of the women at your disposal.” --Italian politician, Rosy Bindi, to President Silvio Berlusconi, who is the subject of this jaw-dropper of a New Yorker article by Ariel Levy. At one point, Levy asks Marco Ventura, Berlusconi's coordinator for foreign press, if she can meet Berlusconi:
...Ventura thought for a moment and replied, “Would you consider having plastic surgery first?” It wasn’t so that I could look like a velina, he explained; he would feel better about arranging the meeting if I had my face messed up, because then there would be a better chance of the Presidente keeping his hands to himself.
Mamma mia.