Sometimes I read news stories, shake my head and have to check my diary to confirm that we are, in fact, living in the 21st century.

This week Italian state television showed "Brokeback Mountain" - but it was a different version than the one we all saw at the cinema. The famous love scenes between the two lead males had been cut, transforming the film in to "the tale of true friendship between two straight cowboys", a move that has been furiously opposed by gay rights organisations in the country.

Of course lovely, cuddly Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi dismisses the complaints, saying they're the work of "the politically correct lobby". What if they are? Is it wrong that not being homophobic also happens to mean you're politically correct?

I suppose we shouldn't be too shocked - this coming from the man who recently described Barack Obama as "young, handsome and tanned" and is swiftly becoming an embarassment to young Italians all over the world. Wow Silvio, isn't it about time you came out? At least then there'd be a reason for all the goofy things you say in the media. Repressed and confused we can deal with, but ignorant and evil? Not so much.


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