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Italy Foreign Minister Shares Blackface Images of His Summer Tan

2020-08-28 17:05:01
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In one image, he was a new relative in the Huxtable family from “The Cosby Show.” In another, his face was superimposed on the body of Michael Jordan as he glided to the rim. In another, he was placed in a scene from a classic Italian film in which the actor Totò, wearing blackface, plays an ambassador from a fictional African country.

When Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s foreign minister, returned to Rome from a vacation on the island of Sardinia, it took little time for Italians to notice his deep tan. By Aug. 25, images and memes featuring Mr. Di Maio in a form of blackface appeared across the Italian web. One of these instances depicted Mr. Di Maio as a Black migrant on a crowded boat.

Instead of criticizing the images, Mr. Di Maio embraced them, sharing some on his own Instagram account, including the ones of Mr. Jordan, Totò and the Huxtables.

“Guys. I promise that next summer I will put on 50 SPF sunscreen,” Mr. Di Maio wrote in a caption under the images. “And thanks for making my day lighter.”


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