Miss Italy second gaffe

September 24th, 2015

 Alice Sabatini smiles after being crowned Miss Italy 2015

Italy was allied with Germany at the time, and that year, they invaded unoccupied Vichy France. Hundreds of Italians died for the fascist cause in the brutal North African campaign, including in the long retreat from the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. And more than 20,000 Italians died in the Battle of Stalingrad that year, many during the bloody defeat of the Italian 8th Army in Russia near the Don River.

Miss Sabatini’s strange desire to relive one of the continent’s bloodiest years triggered a swift and savage online barrage of satirical memes. Twitter montages featured the brunette beauty queen smiling as she sashayed in her bikini through war-ravaged battlefields. An Italian satirist known as “The Jackal” produced a spoof video that quickly went viral.

But Miss Sabatini’s unorthodox response didn’t seem to damage her standing in the pageant, which she won based on both judge’s scores and viewer call-in votes.

The jokes at the 18-year-old’s expense prompted one of the pageant’s judges, Vladimir Luxuria, a transgender actress and politician, to call for more comprehension of the gaffe. “Try to imagine the emotions of a young woman who had all the spotlight on her: She panicked.”

Miss Sabatini on Tuesday defended her comments, saying she was nervous and caught off guard as the first contestant to be asked the question, but had meant to express admiration for her great grandmother, who is still alive and always recalls the Second World War.

“I would have liked to live through what she had gone through in those years,” Ms. Sabatini was reported as saying in an interview published in Urban Post. “For better and for worse.”

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