Being an internet writer is quite a unique experience. I have a full-time day job, so for me this is very much a part-time gig. A part-time gig that I adore. For the most part. For a start, the other writers here are the best bunch of hilarious, insightful, kind-hearted sorts I could ever hope to call colleagues. The comment section too is, quite aside from the internet norm of ‘racist swamp-fire’, a remarkably positive, intelligent place. And getting to communicate with so many people about the things I really care about—the rottenness of capitalism, the absolute mess that is the media, or a dog somewhere doing literally anything—is a great privilege.
One of the only sorta-downsides of the job is having to stay on top of the daily news grind. I post at least once a day on here, and that means that in the moments snatched between my day job and normal life commitments I have to a) scour the internet to find a story, b) decide on an angle for a piece on the story, and c) finally actually write the piece. I have to do all this while at the same time a) trying to write longer, more thought-out pieces in the background to hopefully put out at least maybe once a week, and b) wrestling with the self-hatred and insecurity that comes packaged as standard with the act of writing. It’s a hell of a juggling act.
So when I wake up on a Monday morning, bleary-eyed, confused, immediately opening up several news feeds and wondering what the hell there might be to write about and I see the internet buzzing with a story that goes something like ‘Benito Mussolini’s granddaughter in Twitter row with Jim Carrey’—well, reader, let me tell you, I crack half a smile, give the universe a tired thumbs up and say, ‘Cheers,mate. That’ll do.’ Because look:
If you’re wondering what fascism leads to, just ask Benito Mussolini and his mistress Claretta. pic.twitter.com/uc2wZl0YBu— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 30, 2019
Remember: Jim Carrey paints now. Some of his stuff is quite good. And by that I mean, ‘not entirely awful’. Okay, fine, it’s not great. It’s pretty bad. It’s better than his association with, and amplification of, noted snake-oil salesperson and anti-vaxx nutter Jenny McCarthy anyway. That picture of his up there is of course a depiction of Benito Mussolini and his mistress’ (Clara Petacci) fate. In 1945, as the war in Europe was nearing its final stages, Benny the fascist blockhead and his missus saw the writing on the wall and they tried to flee to Switzerland. Classic fascist move. Unfortunately for them, Italian communists caught them both before they could even get out of Italy—*wompwomp*—and executed them before shipping their bodies to Milan to be hung outside of a service station. Quite a kind ending, all things considered, one might say. Not so Alessandra Mussolini’s granddaughter, who clearly got upset. And then dug in deeper, and also more incoherent?
You are a bastard— Alessandra Mussolini (@Ale_Mussolini_) March 31, 2019
Which. I mean. Okay? America is for sure responsible for some of the most heinous crimes ever. Carrey, to his credit, does mostly criticize the States.
Innocent people are now being slaughtered, families ruined and childrens’ lives destroyed. All in his name. If the Craven Republican Senate allows this vile miscreant to continue encouraging devisiveness, the “Trump Presidency” will become an EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT. pic.twitter.com/RW4cHF0WDq— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 17, 2019
Stephen Miller: Paint for Hair, Shit for Brains pic.twitter.com/k6QBp4gEaJ— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) December 18, 2018
So while, yes, America has done oh so many bad things, and there’s a lot to be said about Hollywood celebrities keeping quiet while Democrats ramped up the surveillance state, bombed more Muslim countries, and refused to tackle Wall Street corruption before suddenly becoming outspoken about politics once the vulgar Republican nastiness of Trump came to the fore—something tells me that’s not what Alessandra’s point is.
And while we’re on the subject of The Point, I think this is the most salient one of all:
The fact that Mussolini's granddaughter is on Twitter is just way less depressing than the fact that she's a member of the European Parliament— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) March 31, 2019
In all seriousness, the fact that Mussolini’s granddaughter is an elected official who’s threatened to sue anyone who says that her grandfather was bad says a lot about how Italy has yet to confront its fascist history.— you could either be successful or be us (@MissPavIichenko) March 31, 2019
Back in October she went on Twitter and threatened to sue anyone who said that her grandfather was bad and got a lot of approving replies from her fellow fascists. Meanwhile, Italian Jews talked about their families’ suffering under Mussolini.— you could either be successful or be us (@MissPavIichenko) March 31, 2019
She also called Vladimir Luxuria (a trans woman who used to be in Parliament) a “f***t” after she called Mussolini a fascist and her husband was convicted for r*ping underage girls.— you could either be successful or be us (@MissPavIichenko) March 31, 2019
Also, I find it really disturbing how so many people on here think it's hilarious that Mussolini's granddaughter is an elected official. Do you think the people who suffered as a result of Mussolini or their family members find this hilarious?— you could either be successful or be us (@MissPavIichenko) March 31, 2019
Or how about the other children/grandchildren of war criminals who use their political positions to whitewash their families & punish people for saying that their families were bad, like Shinzo Abe or Yury Shukhevych? Do you think they're hilarious as well?— you could either be successful or be us (@MissPavIichenko) March 31, 2019
Image sources (in order of posting): Warner Bros., Twitter