Rocco Commisso denounces stereotypes against Italian Americans

Jan 21, 2022 403

This is what America Oggi writes about Commisso's complaint to the Gazzetta dello Sport: "Commisso has decided to file a complaint-filing for the crime of aggravated defamation in the press against the Gazzetta dello Sport. The Italian-American businessman believes that the tone used in the article signed by Andrea Di Caro last May was "openly denigrating and discriminatory". In particular, when he is referred to as "macchietta" or "don Rocco".

In the lawsuit Commisso summarizes his life path and career that led him from nothing to be one of the richest men on the planet, he cares a lot about the myth of the self-made man. For him, the Gazzetta has "offended the reputation of the entire Italian-American community, which daily fights to eradicate the horrible stereotype that associates the stigma of organized crime with our compatriots overseas".

In the same way, the phrase "Commisso reminds us of a certain ugly Italy, which we prefer to see only in old movies", would be a clear reference to the Mafia: an "unacceptable and offensive allusive juxtaposition", which deserves to be prosecuted".

At the end of the piece, in fact, the journalist of the Gazzetta dello Sport, sinks his pen into 'repeated and unfounded comparisons' of the figure of the number one violet to the Italo-American mafia and he does so - always according to the denunciation - by sentencing with evident complacency: "This arrogant, threatening and bizarre outburst... has nothing to do with a certain beautiful America and reminds us instead of a certain ugly Italy. Which we prefer to keep only in the old movies".

The allusions are clear and in their boorish presentation they leave no room for doubt: successful Italian Americans who do not use the polished language of the Italian elite and who do not conform to the rules of a certain caste, be it political or of 'another kind', are in fact foreign beings if not outlaws and operate in the same way as the pistoleros so praised in the western films of the beloved Ennio Morricone. This time, however, the "insinuating accusations and the clear and evident discriminatory tones" contained in the article of the Gazzetta dello Sport did not go unnoticed.

"Since I became President of Fiorentina - reads the complaint filed with the Public Prosecutor's Office at the Court of Milan - I have had the opportunity to experience, especially from some Italian newspapers and radio and television broadcasts, criticism in very harsh tones.... fruit of preconceptions or open and gratuitous hostility expressed through tones and contents that not infrequently have taken on clear insulting and denigrating tones with epithets such as "Attila", "uncle of America", "Erdogan of soccer", "Rocco Benito", Padre padrone", etc, as well as contemptuous judgments...".

"If today - continues the complaint - I have chosen to turn to the judicial authority is precisely because of the fact that, in light of my human and professional history ... I can not maintain the same standard of tolerance and tolerance ... against the author of an insinuating article and openly disparaging and discriminatory tones appeared on May 15, 2021, in the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport ... signed by journalist Andrea di Caro, deputy director of that newspaper, and entitled "Rocco, clumsy accusations. It's not the newspapers' fault if all the choices are wrong".

The article in question, we still read in the complaint, constitutes Mr. Di Caro's 'comment' on a press conference held the day before, May 14, 2021, during which Rocco Commisso had limited himself to observing how the continuous unfounded accusations and obviously false news reported by some newspapers seriously damaged the image of Fiorentina. "Just to the image of my human and professional history - concludes the president of the Viola team - I believe that the article signed by Mr. Di Caro on May 15, 2021 constitutes a serious, gratuitous and intolerable offense to my reputation, integrating a clear case of defamation by allusion in the press".

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