Pausini says no to "Bella Ciao".  And in Spain the controversy breaks out

Pausini says no to “Bella Ciao”. And in Spain the controversy breaks out

Laura Pausini has ended up in the eye of the storm in Spain and the controversy is already mounting in Italy, after the well-known singer from Romagna refused to sing Hello beautiful during a TV show.

Pausini, one of the most popular Italian artists abroad, especially in the Iberian Peninsula and South America, was a guest on the TV program El Hormiguerotogether with the next coaches of The Vozthe Spanish version of ours The Voice: Luis Fonsi, Pablo Lopez and Antonio Orozco. During the show, the conductor Pablo Motos he challenged his guests to play Fulgor (with a format inspired by Furore). Basically, the game consists in intoning a song based on a usually very vague theme word: in this specific case it was Corazón (Heart). After a few songs in Spanish, Laura chose to sing Crazy Heart from Little Tonynot very popular in Spain.

To get out of the embarrassment, the conductor chose to tune Hello beautifulwhich the Spaniards now know by heart after being chosen as the soundtrack of the record-breaking TV series The Casa de Papel. Trying to involve the artists present, Pausini’s peremptory refusal was caught. The game went on without drama, but on social media it immediately mounted the controversy.

The Italian popular song, adopted “ex-post” as the anthem of the anti-fascist Resistance, prompted Pausini to call herself out in order not to enter politics and not fuel speculation: “No, no, no … It is a very political song and not I want to sing political songs… “, he said on the spot. Her rejection, however, produced just what she feared. A choice made head-on by the Spanish socialist deputy Adriana Lastra, who wrote: “Refusing to sing an anti-fascist song says a lot about Signora Pausini and nothing positive”. The colleague of the European Parliament, Ibán Garcíaadded the dose: “Neither with the Democrats, nor with the Nazis. Same.”

Faced with the avalanche of criticisms remedied in Spain and the echo of the controversy that has already arrived in Italy, Pausini replied: “I do not sing political songs of the right or left. I have been singing what I think of life for 30 years. Fascism is an absolute embarrassment it seems obvious to everyone. I don’t want anyone to use me for political propaganda. Don’t invent what I am not. “

A reply not only to politicians but also to simple users who accused her of “being on the side of fascism” or of “not wanting to lose television contracts when Meloni wins”. Another story that shows very well that both in the world of the jet-set, as in that of music, sports, television, not only does there not exist the option to choose which side to take, but not even that of wanting call out from political disputes. Diatribes that, mind you, do not reside in the anachronistic dichotomy fascism / communism, but in the right-thinking / realist one.

Refusing to sing Bella Ciao does not mean supporting fascism. It simply means avoiding becoming part of a leveling ideological fever, that of militant anti-fascism, which claims to deliver the fitness licenses to anyone who, thanks to his talent, has managed to win the hearts of millions of people with art. For them it is inadmissible that a successful character does not respond to their ideological diktats. And it is inadmissible that Pausini can pretend to want to continue to do only and only what she loves: to sing.

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