“I love animals – bears and wolves, as everyone knows – but when I see the pictures of Kyenge, I cannot but think of, even if I’m not saying she is one, the features of an orangutan” said Calderoli. Even if he apologized later to the media, saying that “it was a joke, a comment in a joking way”, insulting Kyenge – a Congolese-born member of the Democratic Party – was a proof of his racist comportment and it was enough to determine strong reactions against him. Letta’s Democratic Party has called immediately for Calderoli’s resignation and the President of the Senate incriminated the acid comments as a “racist verbal aggression.” Minister Kyenge answered with patience saying: “Surely it’s not my job to respond to violence with violence.”
Italian Premier Enrico Letta was disappointed about this situation and asked the leader of the Northern League, Roberto Maroni, to stop the slurs.
This political scandal was reflected on the most important journals from Italy and even from other important countries of the World.