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Antisemitic slur against Italian actor Roberto Benigni

CFCA, December 14, 2011
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today denounced as "painful and disturbing" an anti-Jewish slur aimed at the Italian actor and comedian Roberto Benigni, and called on the municipal official who posted the comment on his Facebook page to "reconsider his beliefs and his words."

Roberto BenigniIn a post on his Facebook page, Luigi Tuccio, a municipal councilman in Reggio Calabria, wrote that Mr. Benigni was a "communist billionaire Jew." The councilman reportedly posted the comment on December 5 in reaction to a TV show that included an act by Mr. Benigni.

While he at first defended his remark, Mr. Tuccio subsequently apologized after his words were widely condemned in Italy.
(Tags: Italy, Anti-Semitism, City Official)