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A famous fascist’s granddaughter said “Happy Pride” and the Internet has thoughts

Pride Month is always guaranteed to bring a host of surprises along with it—some pleasant, and some…less pleasant. You just never know who’s going to throw their hat in the Pride positivity ring, whether it be a massive corporation like Oreo or Monsanto, or institutions that wouldn’t seem to have anything at all in common with the gay agenda…like the military!

One of the more shocking and unexpected people to show up with a message of affirmation in 2024 is Italian TV personality Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of—you guessed it—noted fascist Benito Mussolini.

Dressed in some kind of blue mermaid-scale leotard with rainbow tufts coming out of it, Mussolini looks up at the camera with her arms spread wide. In her caption, Mussolini writes: “The thirtieth edition of #RomaPride will be held today,” referring to June 15th. “It would be really nice if such demonstrations were no longer needed, but unfortunately they are still needed and will be needed as long as the deadly combination of ignorance and incivility continues to exert its pressure on personal freedoms.”

I’m assuming “such demonstrations” refers to the Pride festival itself, which…not the allyship you think it is, but sure! We’ll take it!

As for the “deadly combination of ignorance and incivility,” uh…how do we say this gently…

Because yes—in case you were wondering, Mussolini is a conservative. And while no one deserves to be judged by the evil actions of their distant relatives, Mussolini is far from innocent here. In 2004, Mussolini created the far-right coalition Social Alternative, a response to Mussolini’s feeling that the conservative Social Action party wasn’t conservative enough. So yes, although Mussolini believes in bodily autonomy and gay rights…it’s giving hypocrite.

I guess we should have seen this coming?

The sad thing is, this won’t be the strangest thing we see all month. We’re still only halfway through, which means we’ve got a long way to go before we’ve seen all the messy, tone-deaf, and otherwise out of pocket Pride posts that are surely coming our way. Keep that Pride Bingo card at the ready—it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!

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