Why does nothing stick to Berlusconi?

_45845876_berlusconi_afp226iHe’s been called a sexist ‘sleazeball’. But it seems Italians just don’t care. His party still made gains in this week’s elections. Is it because Italy is a sexist country? Italian feminists think so. Or maybe Italians are not getting the full story? Berlusconi owns 3 of the main tv channels in Italy and they have been accused of ignoring the scandal.

Tirdad asks why they can’t have politicans like Berlusconi in the USA? And when you compare it to the Sanford and Ensign affairs there, 2 men tipped as presidential candidates in 2012, but now their political careers are over. It makes you wonder, what is it about the man they call the teflon prime minister?

30 Responses to “Why does nothing stick to Berlusconi?”

  1. 1 Ramesh, India
    June 25, 2009 at 11:07

    About 50 governments in 50 years after WW Two. Is there anything positive to learn from italian politics?

  2. 2 Ann
    June 25, 2009 at 11:17

    After his recent remarks implying that Italian women are raped because they are so beautiful; I would suggest the reason nothing sticks to him is because he is so utterly slimy that not even a dung beetle would make it’s home on him.

    Am I allowed to say that? After all he said he was only joking and maybe I am too?

  3. 3 Ann
    June 25, 2009 at 12:17

    Dear WHYS moderators – I guess my first comment wasn’t exactly respectful – sorry – but the question and the subject was just begging for such an answer – so I claim ‘just cause’.

    How about…

    After his recent remarks implying that Italian women are raped because they are so beautiful; I would suggest the reason nothing sticks to Berlusconi is because he is so utterly slimy that everything just slides off him?

    I’m aware it’s not an indepth analysis, but I’m not sure we should be given him so much attention.

  4. June 25, 2009 at 12:33

    What on earth does Berlusconi’s sex life matter if he’s doing a good job? Why, for that matter, should any politician’s sex life matter? Let private matters stay private.

  5. 5 steve
    June 25, 2009 at 13:09

    Isn’t prostitution legal in Italy? If so, it’s about as scandalous as Obama smoking cigarettes. Something unhealthy, yet still legal. Nothing to see here. A politician “cheating” and doing whatever they feel like they want to is in the nature of being a politician. In other news, the sky is blue.

  6. 6 patti in cape coral
    June 25, 2009 at 13:30

    I somewhat agree with Steve, it’s not pretty, but according to Italian standards, I guess it is allowed. It’s kind of disturbing, though, that his wife’s complaint was that he appointed some of these young girls with no political experience to government jobs. He’s mixing business with pleasure, and that shouldn’t be allowed. Otherwise, it’s his wife’s business if she wants to tolerate this kind of behavior, and it’s up to the Italian’s if they don’t mind govermnent jobs going to the prettiest face (or whatever).

    • 7 RightPaddock
      June 26, 2009 at 16:41

      @patti in cape coral – R U not aware that his wife is suing for divorce on the basis that he “consorts with minors”

  7. 9 steve
    June 25, 2009 at 14:01

    @ Patti

    I don’t have much sympathy for someone who marries a rich/powerful person. They know this happens, they know that power is an aphrodesiac. It’s kinda like whomever marries donald trump realizes as soon as she loses her looks, he’ll divorce her and get a newer model. When he’s 90, he will have a 25 year old wife.

  8. 10 patti in cape coral
    June 25, 2009 at 15:09

    @ Steve – I agree with that as well, and it seems the trophy wives (it’s almost always wives, isn’t it?) seem to know this as well. After all, Berlusconi has been this way all along and his wife has chosen to tolerate it, I presume because of the money and social position. Not to be totally cynical, though, there have to be at least a few exceptions where these women are getting married for love, I just don’t know any. I think his wife did make a vaid point, however, when she objected to appointing his “friends” to prominent government jobs, and I don’t understand the Italians being okay with this. Trying to look at it from a chauvinist point of view: womanizing and cheating on your wife = okay ; women appointed to coveted government jobs = not okay

  9. 12 Tommaso Debenedetti
    June 25, 2009 at 15:20

    Yes, Italy is really a sexist country. Is the country of ‘veline’ (star-girls in Berlusconi’s tv channels). In this country, the stories concerning Berlusconi’s sexual meetings are on the top in the newspapers and people is very, very interested. In this country, the scandal is not scandal, and now Berlusconi have increased his popularity. For many italian mans, the life of Berlusconi is an exemple, for the Italian woman, Berlusconi represents a dream: latin lover, very rich and famous. Incredible, but true!

  10. 13 John in Germany
    June 25, 2009 at 15:27

    Because he is oiled with the sanction of the EG. no but no one from the EG, as far as i can see has condemned him for his atrocious behaviour.

    And as long as our heads of state tolerate such a person nothing will happen. How about boycotting a few meetings or so.

    John in Germany.

  11. 14 Auspicious
    June 25, 2009 at 15:58

    Some politicians have nine lives. Has it ever occurred to you that the majority in many countries is composed of people who are immoral and would do anything to support likeminded people in power? Looks to me as such in this case. If not somebody should school me on what immorality is.

  12. 15 leti in palma
    June 25, 2009 at 17:28

    Berlusconi is what we in spain know as “infumable” (un smokeable): a truly cynical lizard who owns most of the media, changes the laws to protect himself and his cronies and apparently hypnotizes the italian people with his outrageous and pathetic behaviour.(check his hair!) But does anybody care?
    Here we have the true prototype of the politician, an ego maniac and womaniser who thinks he can do what he wants.
    Hello Italians everywhere, why do you put up with him? Maybe most folk think its a reality tv show. What does this tell us about the masses?

  13. 16 Tom K in Mpls
    June 25, 2009 at 17:34

    From what I see, there are two reasons. One, he does a rather good job. Two, he is confident and sincere. When people choose to make the worst of a phrase that could have been stated better, he blows them off instead of making excuses and apologizing. Nobody likes a ‘brown noser’ even if it is only to the press.

  14. 17 Denise in Chicago
    June 25, 2009 at 17:57

    The personal lives of politicians do matter. They are supposed to represent their constituency and citizens have a right to expect decent, moral behavior. Berlusconi is a disgrace. I hope Italians are duly ashamed of him.

  15. 18 Dennis Junior
    June 25, 2009 at 18:01


    Re: Berlusconi, He is what-they are called “teflon” means they are often immune to any sort of scandals….

    [Please, don’t offense to my words…]

    ~Dennis Junior~

  16. 19 Elias
    June 25, 2009 at 18:04

    Berlusconi is living his life as all Italian men do, nothing new. It is embedded in the Italian culture since the beginning of time, good food, sex and living it up. So that the Italian people recognise that they too live their lives the same way and say ‘Good Luck to Him’.

  17. 20 Leona_ny
    June 25, 2009 at 18:22

    Why people pay so much attention to Mr. Berlusconi private life? He is entitled to have some fun, for God’s sake! Didn’t he marry Veronica, also show girl? She has no business going to the newspapers complaining about her husband’s behaviour. She accuses him of surrounding himself with women like her because she is old now and cannot compete with them. I like Mr. Berlusconi just the way he is. He is a natural and he is doing a very good job for Italy. Wish the foreign papers, especially the ones from the UK stop their pathetic campaign. They should mind their own business.

    @Steve, Tommaso, Tom K… thumbs up to you guys!

  18. 21 Elias
    June 25, 2009 at 18:24

    The way of life and culture in the Unitted States in so far as the Sanford and Ensign affairs, any scandal which has to do with sex is taboo, and candidates who are guilty of this have no place in politics. Italians live a defferent life style. Several years ago the President of Finland Mr. Kekkonen was involved in some sex scandal, the Finns just laughed about it, he still remained as President and was elected again. In England the Minister of War Lord Profumo was involved in a sex scandal with a night club hostess he was forced to resign. Like the saying goes,’ What is sauce for the goose, is not sauce for the gander.

    • 22 Leona_ny
      June 25, 2009 at 18:49

      Elias, forgot to include your name in my list of favorites. I am an American woman, but not the hypocrite kind. I will be visiting Italy again in a few months.

  19. 23 Tom D Ford
    June 25, 2009 at 19:20

    Hmm, he owns the wealth, he owns the media, and he owns the political power, … now what was your question again?

  20. 24 Deryck/Trinidad
    June 25, 2009 at 21:08

    “Why does nothing stick to Berlusconi?”

    He’s a nice guy who’s a billionaire and a media mogul and though in the open men citicise him, they wish like me that they had a villa and they could invite as many women as they want to sunbathe.

  21. 25 RightPaddock
    June 26, 2009 at 16:58

    For centuries Italians have been told by the church that

    – it is their duty undermine the state
    – ignore the indiscretions of the clergy from priests to popes,
    – to disdain the rule of law,
    – criminal activities are OK if procceds are share with church via buying indulgences
    – women only exist to serve all men in the kitchen, bedroom & fields.

  22. June 27, 2009 at 12:28

    Berlusconi is a clown. I feel the deepest sympathy for all Italians that they have had to scrape the bottom of the barrel to blindly dreg him up at the polls.

  23. 27 Jim Newman
    June 27, 2009 at 15:50

    Hello again
    I think Berlusconi sticks to Berlusconi. He is true to himself and you either like him or dislike him. Personally I think he’s a clown and a good laugh but I wouldn’t go as far as voting for him to be prime minister. He reminds me a bit of Christof Blocher of Switzerland. Always good natured and happily lumbering around treading on everybody’s toes.

  24. 28 viola
    June 27, 2009 at 17:38

    If you’re going to say “Why should a politician’s sex life matter if he is doing a good job?” then why not say nobody’s sex life matters if they’re doing a good job? Therefore, if your wife has 15 lovers but is doing a good job, why should you care?

    It’s the same old story. If a man can’t be satisfied with only one woman and is able to find a way to have as many as he likes, it’s OK, but not for the woman. She has to be controlled, because then it affects the man’s honor. Funny– it isn’t considered dishonorable if he does the nasty with someone other than his wife, only if his wife does it with someone else.

    I guess people approve of his behavior or are too busy in their own lives to worry about it.

  25. 29 globalcomedy
    June 28, 2009 at 05:06

    Should people pay attention to politician’s sex lives? It looks like the hypocritical States are catching up with the rest of the world on this.

    In many other countries, politicians have affairs. Berlusconi and his wife had three kids before they were married. Some would be shocked by this in Catholic Italy. But now, nobody cares. In the States, lots of politicians (mostly neocons) say they respect marriage. And then cheat like world class dogs. And people will STILL vote for them. Strange…

  26. 30 Vico
    November 6, 2009 at 16:42


    …this is just to show the world NOT every Italian is alike. And YES, I personally am sorry the world needs to endure this….Just as much as I am sorry that MY country has to…

    Have a lovely day

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