Italy MP confuses Jim Morrison for Slavic thief

Maurizio Gasparri, the gaffe-prone vice-president of the Italian Senate, has come under fire after taking an ironic photo showing 'The Doors' frontman Jim Morrison depicted as a Slavic criminal terrorizing Italy at face value.

Italy MP confuses Jim Morrison for Slavic thief
Italian politician Maurizio Gasparri has been criticized after mistaking Jim Morrison for a Slavic criminal. Photo: Wikimedia

The picture was generated by the satirical Facebook group, Virgona Finiamola Fate Girare (Shameful, let's put an end to this, please share), which makes comedic memes expressing mock-political outrage.

Last week, the group published a rare black and white picture of a bearded, long-haired Jim Morrison taken after he was arrested in Miami following a fight in 1970, with the following caption above the photo:

“This is Goran Hadzic, he has committed more that 50 robberies in the northeast of the country but every time he is caught he is released.”

Beneath it, they wrote: “ENOUGH! SEND HIM HOME!! RENZI OUT!!”

One member of the Facebook group, Piero Merola, then tweeted the picture to Gasparri on Saturday evening, asking him,”What do you think of this, the latest Italian scandal? Please save us from this government.”

Missing the irony of the post, the politician for the Forza Italia party, responded: “That is an embarrassment,” a response which was extensively shared and ridiculed across the Twitter-verse.

“The Vice-President of the Senate thinks Jim Morrison is a Slavic thief,” wrote an incredulous Nicola Chiappinelli.

The creator of the Facebook group responsible for the image, Claudia Vanco, said in a post via her LinkedIn page that the group's aim is to “poke fun at the creation of political memes and show how easy it is for people to be taken in by them because of culture gaps and a lack of investigation”.

The group was quick to thank Gasparri for falling for the image in a satirical message which they published on Facebook.

“At least all of our politicians aren't indifferent. Thanks to the Honorable Member of Parliament Gasparri!” 

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Italy plans to stop ‘revolving door’ between judges and politicians

Italian lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a planned reform aimed at stopping the 'revolving door' between justice and government, as part of wider changes to the country's creaking judicial system.

Italy plans to stop 'revolving door' between judges and politicians

The proposed reform, which still has to be approved by the Italian Senate in the coming weeks, imposes significant limitations on the number of magistrates, prosecutors and judges looking to go into politics – a frequent move in Italy.

Under the submitted changes, a magistrate wishing to stand for election, whether national, regional or local, will not be able to do so in the region where they have worked over the previous three years.

At the end of their mandate, magistrates who have held elective positions will not be able to return to the judiciary – they will be moved to non-jurisdictional posts at, for example, the Court of Auditors or the Supreme Court of Cassation, according to local media reports.

Furthermore, magistrates who have applied for elective positions but have not been successful for at least three years will no longer be able to work in the region where they ran for office. 

The reform is part of a wider programme of changes to Italy’s tortuous judicial system. This is required by the European Commission to unlock billions of euros in the form of post-pandemic recovery funds.

Public perception of the independence of Italian courts and judges is among the worst in Europe, according to the EU’s justice scoreboard.