When Italian politicians block you on Twitter: the story of Maurizio Gasparri

Mr. Maurizio Gasparri is not a new name in the Italian political scene when it comes to insulting citizens publicly and displaying detrimental social media management skills. A few months ago I expressed on Twitter my disapproval to (Senator) Gasparri’s behaviour online.

As a result (I presume) I noticed that a few days ago Mr. Gasparri has blocked me on Twitter. This was again a bad move. By blocking me I can simply not follow him but that does not prevent me from actually looking at his tweets, replying or still mentioning him in my tweets. So, why blocking me?

Already in September, the Senator got back to a tenacious follower in a quite “colourful” way. Mr. Gasparri literally asked publicly on Twitter if the “follower’s mom had come back from working the streets yet.”  maurizio-gasparri-insulto-marciapiedeSuch action would lead to the immediate resignation of any political figure in any normal country. Also, the media would be covering this issue relentlessly. But not in Italy. In Italy, the caste system is well more integrated than in India and having politicians behaving disgracefully to private citizens is just not news any more. Whoever holds minimal political authority feels entitled, or blessed by God himself, to be above any other citizen and not to be at the service of the citizens. Gasparri’s case is just one out of thousands but I’m quoting his case because he embodies the typical attitude of the Italian politician type towards the people combined with very poor management of his digital presence.

Sometimes he does not stop at insulting the mothers of his followers but he prefers telling people directly that (I quote) they are “shit.” OK, animal shit to be more precise.

Dear Senator, Italy is rich in very talented digital communication consultants. I would recommend you hire one. Political jesters don’t live long on social media.

Maurizio Gasparri insulta la gente con i messaggi su Twitter

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