The guests of the Italian TV show got into a fight because of the cancellation of Russian culture
Guests of the Maurizio Costanzo Show about the abolition of Russian culture in Italy fought live, RIA Novosti reported on May 16.
Guests of the Italian TV channel Tgcom24 got into a fight on the air of the Maurizio Costanzo Show, arguing over the cancellation of Russian culture.
The brawl took place between freelance journalist Giampiero Mugini and art critic Vittorio Zgarbi. Both acted in the program as experts. The second speaker insisted on the illegality of the ban on the activities of Russian artists.
“If a singer or conductor is not allowed to Italy just because he is from Russia, or if a Russian athlete is not allowed, then this is a form of fascism on the part of the West. This is unacceptable! These are people who have dignity and love for art! They must be protected! Always , until the end!” – said the expert and added that it is impossible to “punish” art and music in such a situation.
His opponent, in turn, noted that Russian cultural figures had a choice: to speak out against the special operation in Ukraine in order to continue working in the West. But, according to Zgarbi, no one is obliged to make any statements in such a tense environment.
A verbal altercation then ensued between the guests, as a result of which Mugini pushed Zgarbi, knocking him down and damaging the studio set in the process.
After the start of the military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine, the West began to “cancel” Russian culture and ties with Moscow. Many organizations refused to cooperate with musicians from Russia. Thus, the Munich City Hall terminated the contract with the chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Valery Gergiev, and the Bavarian State Opera refused to cooperate with both Gergiev and the opera singer Anna Netrebko. The Royal Theater Covent Garden in London, in turn, canceled the tour of the artists of the Bolshoi Theater.
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Soviet and Russian conductor Valery Gergiev. Archive photo