I have been talking to Matteo Salvini for 22 years, since he was in charge of the post on Padania in what, to date, appears to be the only work he has done.
It was the period in which he led the Northern League Communists. Which is like driving “vegans for the cut of veal”. I wrote, taking it, what I often do, come on Mirror of the Press. He replied polemically but jovial in his newspaper: “Let’s meet for a drink. Of red, of course ”.
Mindful of that period, it never inspired me with real fear. It is true that, as Trump and his predecessors in orbace demonstrate, the mythomaniac who begins to believe in it becomes dangerous. But I keep thinking, years later, that Salvini is acting.
In private he is calm, even witty. This tells me who has the opportunity to cross him away from social networks. I don’t say cultured, but the Classic did.
In my opinion, when organizing links on Facebook, he puts himself behind a deliberately awful panel with an empty bookcase. Because, this is perhaps the least commendable fact, he deeply despises his own voters. So he believes that to be like them you have to present yourself with a shabby chic look. Mainly shabby. Chic is just the salary.
Over the years, Matteo and I have had other crossings. Less calm, less equal. In the meantime he had become more powerful, he was already on TV talking about casus belli saying that “beautiful or not, I look at the facts”. By pose, of course: he also studied Latin. Maybe a little ad minchiam.
One day, I was still al Courier service, made a not even bad joke about a black AC Milan player, for whom he cheers. Balotelli. Something about accompanying him to the border. Had anyone else said it, it would have been almost funny. But from someone who rode xenophobia, here …
At the time, I never left the sports enclosure. But theonline in via Solferino hosted a hilarious cursive in which I explained to him that he shouldn’t have, that it was a power, that there is something called a sense of opportunity. It was very, very shared. Result: pillory on his social networks, insults, etc.
In the period of Republic, and I thank Mario Calabresi and Carlo Verdelli who didn’t mind, the Corporal pointed me out again to the fans. Other threats, other insults. Let’s say he doesn’t like me, here. Even if he had even come. guest in the electoral campaign, during my brief interlude at Radio Deejay. It was the period in which for a few votes he also played the gigione on the usefulness of vaccines. I proposed a discussion on the subject with Roberto Burioni. I decline. He pretended to be alone. Live I had time to tell him: “After there is Burioni who explains why you are wrong”.
This happens yesterday. Indeed: two days ago, because the Beast is less ready in this period. It happens that the head of the League tweets a surreal dialogue in which his little girl, 8 years old, portrayed in a close-up of the eye to get around the Treviso Charter and other minutiae – ours is still a journalist – asks him for some details on the his Sicilian trial that not even Niccolò Ghedini in the good old days. We are close to the rape of a minor, ideologically. Moreover, it is a dejà-vu: the girl “from Bibbiano” fed to the crowd, who was not even from Bibbiano, her son sent on a police jet ski to draw controversy and reflected indignation, that of Selvaggia Lucarelli fed to the haters, girls who contested him shot with their mobile phones and passed on on social media …
The comment via Tweet: “We need social workers.” To him. To be explained that using one’s offspring as a procedural human shield is objectively terrible. The man realizes it the next day, points to me, all happy to settle accounts with a “journalist” (quotation marks in the original) of Republic. The maneuver generates a shitstorm actually milder than usual. Luca Morisi maybe he was on vacation, I don’t know. The fact is that the tweet with which I answer him, in which among other things I point out that he gives Republic I left two months ago, it collects a lot more likes. Over 5000. And beware: we are not playing who has it longer, also because I would lose to anyone. But it is at least curious that a bullied person collects more esteem than those who bully him. In addition of course to the usual harvest of insults and threats. Many of them coming from bots.
It would seem over here, but there is a diversion perhaps not intelligent, certainly smart. At the same time, my Facebook profile is reported en masse by Salvini’s supporters.
for pointing me out to his fans after asking for help for his progeny, badly exploited for political ends. I’m honored. Just a small clarification: I left
two months ago. You just can’t tell the truth. A warm greeting.
– Luca Bottura (@bravimabasta)
January 10, 2021
How is that possible, if that post only went to Twitter? Because those who manage social networks for a living know what to do: they go to look for two old satirical posts on the fascists (a fake tweet from Mussolini announcing the March on Rome, one that uses the Casa Pound logo) and pretend that the fascist is I.
In California, haters gloat, there will certainly be a guy who doesn’t understand the difference and will act. In fact it happens: profile block and inability to post videos for a month. In the meantime, Salvini also shared me on Facebook, to increase the scope of the “lesson”, and the Northern League haters have started a manure cement mixer to which I cannot answer because they tied my fingers. They beat me and I can’t reply. A little lynching.
Maybe they even tried it on Twitter, but it went wrong there. Maybe his keyboard had jammed because of Feltri’s tears. There remains the curious eventuality for which a power takes action to intimidate a journalist across the board (of course there is no lack of threatening comments on my collaboration with Rai, but those are also made by Italia Viva: it is not that it scares me, or maybe yes because I have a family, but I keep saying what I think) and that some of his fans, I have no evidence to affirm that there was a direct desire, will try to silence him tout court.
Donald Trump had to attack everyone at all levels, reporters and critics in the first place, before social networks took action against him, Libero had to give blacks to blacks for years for someone to bother to weaken their hatred, and so I would never, ever allow myself to advise my followers to give tit for tat to the Captain by reporting the post with which he exposes an “enemy” (which is not such, however, I’m fucking a lot of people across the board: I’m a free guy) to repeated verbal violence. And to promises of physical threats.
Instead, I will limit myself to pointing out that Facebook has analyzed the reports, has caught the campaign in bad faith to silence me, has readmitted me without limitations to the magical world of posts. This too. Which you are probably reading right via Zuckerberg.
A small step for man, an even smaller step for humanity, a step so that Salvini and I can finally meet and drink that glass of red together.
Let’s chat about democracy, between now old friends, Matteo, so I’ll explain what you have become.
* This is the ending of the piece that I had prepared, after receiving very kind assistance from the Italian office of Facebook, who worked to “rehabilitate me” But the Californian guy was obviously dumber than expected and they allowed me to publish, but with limitations. If I wanted to go live video (I did it often, with excellent numbers) I will continue not to be able to do it for 30 days. The Beasts have won. And I, for having had my say on a politician who exploits his daughter, I have been silenced. My freedom of expression, wounded. After all, this is the club, they make the rules. And getting around them, for any bossy dude, is a lot easier than for a decent fool. Amen.
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