Placebo is in turmoil. The Italian prosecutor’s office has just opened an investigation against singer Brian Molko following insults uttered on stage. During a concert as part of the Sonic Park festival in Stupinigi, near Turin, on July 11, the leader of the British rock band insulted Giorgia Meloni, the country’s far-right Prime Minister. ” Giorgia Meloni, you fucking fascist, racist, fuck you » he launched in Italian in front of thousands of spectators who gave him a standing ovation. Brian Molko would also have, according to the Italian media, supported the LGBT community, taken to task by Giorgia Meloni since taking office last October. Indeed, the leader of the Fratelli d’Italia party prohibits town halls from registering the children of same-sex couples. Except that today, Brian Molko’s public attack does not pass!
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“A slap in the face to Italy and democracy”
Whereas in France, Izïa’s comments to Emmanuel Macron in full concert created controversy, some Italian municipalities have made it known that they refuse to see Placebo come to perform on their territory. This is the case of the city of Matera, which has announced that it will withdraw subsidies from the Sonic Park festival, where a second edition is also taking place there. But the mayor of Sassari, Nanni Campus, said he would not prevent the Placebo concert scheduled for his city on August 1. ” The municipality of Sassari condemns no one and lectures no one. If Placebo commits obscene, vulgar acts, they will answer to justice, not to the mayor or the region “Says the Italian elected official, without a label but from the same political side as Giorgia Meloni.
During the Stupinigi Sonic Park, the Placebo lead singer Brian Molko calls PM Giorgia Meloni ‘racist, fascist’, concluding ‘fuck you’.July 11, 2023 pic.twitter.com/eqmJLcH4Qp
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But what does Brian Molko risk after insulting the Italian Prime Minister? According to article 290 of the Italian Penal Code, anyone who ” publicly defame the Republic “, just like the Parliament, justice, the army, the constitutional council or the government, can be seen inflicting a fine going from 1.000 to 5.000 euros. For Paola Ambrogio, senator for the Fratelli d’Italia party, Brian Molko’s remarks are comparable to ” a slap in the face to Italy and democracy “. Expected at Rock en Seine Friday, August 25 as part of the tour for his album “Never Let Me Go”Placebo has not yet reacted publicly to the opening of this investigation.