Italians don’t need any zombie movies because Silvio Berlusconi regularly appears in his video messages. I don’t know if anyone watches them, but these messages seem to give the former Prime Minister a feeling of still being important.
In his last video message, Mr Berlusconi appeared in front of a wall full of books.
Was this some desperate attempt to appear presidential, educated or even intellectual? Such attempts would be futile and laughable for a man who is known for a lot, but not for his love of literature.
No, the story was a different one: after the recording, Mr Berlusconi was furious and foamed at his assistant:
“Angelino, what the fuck was the matter with all this paperwork behind me? Don’t you know how to prepare a proper video message to my people?”
“Signore, I was wondering myself. But you had specifically requested that setting.”
“What? How could I? I don’t even know what these things are.”
“You had asked for ‘books, lots of books’ and when we asked if you were sure, you literally explained ‘Trust me, I know something about TV. If there ain’t no books, it ain’t a good show.’ So we brought as many books as we could. Most of them are on criminal law, but we don’t think the viewers will notice.” To himself, he thought: “and if they will notice, they don’t seem to care, judging by the election results,” and he smiled.
“Books?”, Berlusconi replied after a long pause. Then he erupted: “Angelino, you useless twat! I had asked for boobs, not for books. Damn it! If I don’t take care of everything myself, this country will go down the drain.”