In Their Own Words:
Let everyone who has a rifle, ready it. And if you don’t have a rifle, ready your cleaver or an axe, or a knife.Apr. 30, 2022
Forza Nuova’s inflammatory rhetoric and advertising campaigns have attracted media attention, particularly in the group’s native Italy.
Forza Nuova’s provocative billboards and posters, which are plastered all around Italian cities, receive overwhelming negative media attention from local, national, and international sources. Forza Nuova’s anti-gay campaign, one of its largest, received overwhelmingly negative attention from Italian media sources. Corriere della Sera, the Milan-based newspaper, uses words like “gay hatred” to describe Forza Nuova’s actions, billboards, and marches.Fabrizio Roncone, “Da Svastichella alle scritte sui muri I covi romani dell’odio antigay,” Corriere della Sera (Milan) September 3rd, 2009, Washington Post, September 11, 2004, http://roma.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/09_settembre_3/assalti_gay_roncone-1601728590468.shtml. Il Fatto Quotidiano, another Italian paper, describes Forza Nuova as “homophobic.”Alex Corlazzoli ,“Udine, campagna omofoba di Forza Nuova: 'Basta mode gay, maschio resisti,' Il Fatto Quotidiano (Rome), April 9, 2015,, http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2015/04/09/udine-campagna-omofoba-forza-nuova-basta-mode-gay-maschio-resisti/1575994/.
North American coverage of Forza Nuova has been scarce. The New York Times did, however, mention Forza Nuova when discussing the racist backlash against Cécile Kyenge, a black Italian who became minister of integration under Prime Minister Enrico Letta. In the article, the New York Times described Forza Nuova as “a xenophobic political movement.”Elisabetta Povoledo, “Slurs Against Italy’s First Black National Official Spur Debate on Racism,” New York Times (New York), June 22, 2013, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/world/europe/slurs-against-italys-first-black-national-official-spur-debate-on-racism.html?_r=0.
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