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DISNEY AND ITALIAN PORN, AGAIN

I APOLOGIZE to gentle readers (and to Daughter Suz, a Disney aficionada Big Time) in pairing Disney with Italian porm twice. In defense, I don’t make these things up.

This second report’s primary source is Italian: il Capoluogo d’Abruzzo, with help of Google Translate.

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Ilona Staller, left, and the Caped Crusader, sort of. Image and insights from il Capoluogo d’Abruzzo.

The headline reads “Ilona Staller venue Cicciolina alla Walt Disney,” but the story is more complex than merely “sells Cicciolina to Walt.” Actually, the Caped Crusader is Italian lawyer Luca Di Carlo, aka the Devil’s Advocate, and he’s involved too.

Which reminds me of a Facebook item just shared by Daughter Suz: Her spirits soared when she learned that smartphone spellcheck changes Devil’s Advocate to Devil’s Avocado.

According to my Italian source, Di Carlo has been the avocado er… advocate for celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga and, specifically, Ilona Staller.

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Ilona Anna Staller, 1951– , Hungarian-born Italian porn star, politician and singer. Widely known as Cicciolina. Image by Certo Xornal.

Ilona Staller’s career took a leap in 1973 with an Italian radio show, Voulez-vous Coucher Avec Moi?, only peripherally related to my ”Doest Thou Know” here at SimanaitisSays. Her nickname Cicciolina is the feminine singular equivalent of cicciolini, loosely “little tubby boys,” a name for her male fanbase and later for male members of the Italian Parliament. Cicciolina’s porn film career followed not long afterward.

In 1979, Ciccoilina was presented unsuccessfully as a Partito Verde (Green Party) candidate for Parliament. Six years later, she switched to the Partito Radicale and won a Parliamentary seat in 1987. While in office, one of her proposals was offering to have sex with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in return for peace in the region.

Apparently he declined. Cicciolina was not reelected in 1991. I draw no cause-and-effect from this.

The year 1991 was when Cicciolina and porn associate Moana Pozzi formed Partito dell’Amore. Her political ambitions continued unabated. Cicciolina ran on a pro-casino ticket in Monza and DNF’ed. Ditto, Milan; no dice.

Staller renewed her offer of sex, not gambling, to Saddam Hussein and later to Osama bin Laden. Since 2011, with Staller turning 60, she receives a yearly pension of €39,000 (about $41,300) for her parliamentary service.

Cicciolina’s personal life was adventurous as well. In 1971, she married American artist Jeff Koons, who produced an exhibition of sculptures and art photographs showing the two of them making love. In 1994, they split, with Cicciolina taking two-year-old Ludwig with her back to Italy. Resulting custody squabbles involved U.S. courts, the Court of Rome and the Devil’s Avocado. Remember him?

Luca Di Carlo won the custody battle for Cicciolina. According to il Capoluogo d’Abruzzo, he’s also the one arranging the deal granting Cicciolina naming rights to Disney. These rights could earn Cicciolina $50 million, of which $15 million would go to Di Carlo.

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The Angel and the Devil. Avocado optional. Photo from il Capoluogo d’Abruzzo.

Cicciolina and Luca celebrated artistically with a series of photos, the lead one and “L’Angelo e il Diabolo.” Cicciolina is the one with the wings. ds

© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2016

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