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Posts Tagged ‘Silvio Berlusconi’

DSK 2.0: ‘Of Course I’m a Horny Old Man!’

Former French President-to-be Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK for short) has been playing the damage control game for a couple of years now—with very mixed results. Despite the fact that he hasn’t been convicted of any crime per se, he has suffered one of the world’s most visible PR collapses.

After watching his political fortunes fizzle and his domestic life fall apart, Strauss-Kahn is still fighting charges that tie him to a French prostitution ring while simultaneously hyping his new consulting company and his return to the international lecture circuit. It’s all part of another valiant attempt to reclaim what he clearly believes to be his rightful place on the world stage. We might almost pity him at this point, were he not such a demonstrably skeevy old man. His newest line of defense seems to be “I am a man! Of course I love women! Is that a crime?” (Note: statement must be read in a ridiculously cartoonish French accent.)

So DSK decided to follow Schwarzenegger’s lead on his “no apologies” apology tour by acknowledging that what he did was wrong while simultaneously throwing his hands up and daring the free world not to be taken in by his charms. Of course he is a horny old bastard who enjoys “secret soirees… that start with a fine meal and end with naked guests and public sex with multiple partners.” Who doesn’t?

We’re still fascinated by the man’s story for some reason.

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Can the Royals Beat the Tabloids Over Topless Shots?

Silvio Berlusconi always struck us as a very classy guy. Pool parties with underage models aside, he seemed like something of a traditional businessman—which is why we are not in the least surprised by his decision to continue publishing topless sunbathing photos of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince William and the legal team behind Britain’s royal family have decided to sue the French magazine Closer, which just happens to be part of Berlusconi’s paper empire. Italian society has responded to the scandal with a shrug–citizens note that local celebrities are simply understood to have less in the way of privacy rights than their American counterparts, and the paparazzi was in a public space when he took the pics (using a hyper-zoom telephoto lens, of course).

But France has stricter privacy laws, and experts state that some have “undoubtedly” been broken. It would seem that Will and Kate have a case there–but we have no doubt that the magazine’s publishers considered the cost of an inevitable lawsuit before running the photos and decided to go with them anyway.

Could this be a PR victory for the royal couple? We doubt it–even if Berlusconi has to pay a fine and recall thousands of magazines, he still got the attention he wanted. He claims ownership of the photos, and in a striking coincidence he happens to be preparing for another political run. Can the royals win a significant victory, or will the publishers go unpunished? What do you think?

The Many Reputations of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Photo: Richard Drew, Pool / AP Photo

The New York Times states the obvious with an article today describing how IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn‘s reputation has been blackened by charges of sexual assault and attempted rape against a maid at a New York hotel.

What’s interesting are the multiple reputations that Strauss-Kahn has, both good and bad. In that one Times article, it makes reference to “his reputation as a womanizer,” his “reputation as a skilled, hands-on and tough-minded manager who did not shy from making tough decisions,” and the references to him as a “a caviar socialist…an image that was reinforced recently with the publication of a photo of him stepping into a Porsche in Paris.”

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