4 December 2023

Misogynists out of public service

Teo Mammucari's engagement on 'Dancing with the Stars', starring in one of the most offensive shows ever against women, with a 'mute assistant' -Flavia Vento- boxed in plexiglas and methodically mocked, casts doubt on RAI's effective commitment against violence and machismo. And it obliges citizens to contribute to the cachet of those who have offered such a degrading image of women
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To the RAI Board of Directors

to the President MARINELLA MONEY

to the Chief Executive Officer ROBERTO SERGIO

at RAI Parliamentary Supervisory Commission


The Femicide by Giulia Cecchettin marked a point of no return in the collective consciousness on male violence: the only possible precedent is the Circeo crime.

La RAI represented this moment of pain and political awareness by manifesting theintent on permanently mobilising against misogyny and machismo. 

For this reason we are surprised, offended and saddened by his engagement on 'Dancing with the Stars', Saturday night family show, of a character like Teo Mammucari who a few years ago with his programme 'Libero' and his 'mute valet' Flavia Vento - boxed in a Plexiglas box at her feet, regularly humiliated and mocked, see for example here e here- gave birth to one of the most misogynistic and offensive shows for women ever broadcast on public television. Vento herself recently admitted by felt severely denigrated at the time.

Teo Mammucari's involvement in 'Ballando' is a questionable choice, to say the least. The Mammucari case is certainly not the only one, but it is exemplary, and it is intolerable that a portion of the fee levied ex officio on citizens should end up in the pockets of a character who has no reason to be rewarded and that persists in its misogynistic vulgarity.

We ask RAI as a public service not to abdicate its educational functions and that it sticks more consistently to its declared commitment against male violence, avoiding require citizens to contribute pro rata to financing those who have offered such a degrading image of women. 

RadFem Italy

Network for the Inviolability of the Female Body


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