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Mario Balotelli depicted as King Kong in Italian cartoon (Picture)

A cartoon image appearing in the Italian La Gazzetta dello Sport publication before Sunday’s Italy-England match at Euro 2012 depicted Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli as King Kong.

The cartoon shows Balotelli hanging on England’s iconic Big Ben swatting soccer balls. It seems like the message is that Balotelli will help Italy destroy England in the match.

Italy won 4-2 on penalty kicks to advance to the semifinals.

Usually it’s Balotelli who needs to be muzzled from saying something stupid, but in this case, Gazzetta did something that could be considered much more offensive than anything Balotelli could have said.

I really don’t see how they could have published this without realizing there might be a problem. A radio host was recently fired for a similar offense, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see someone at the publication reprimanded for the questionable cartoon.

Image via Cristiano Balducci h/t Darren Rovell


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  • Anonymous

    it’s a shame we americans can’t be as progressive and enlightened as the euros

  • Anonymous

    Why do American’s always feel the need to push their own moralities onto other free nations? Take care of your own country’s racism first.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/26JMIHTFXVXFTKUEXLJWYWMXJ4 Gfunk

    SpinMax…How is this progressive…Captain keyboard bravery?

  • Ronald Emmanuel

    In italy

  • Ronald Emmanuel

    In italy and spain people are not embarrased saying things about race that would fit in the 1950′s and 60′s in the US. Despite having minority communities these countries have very few prominent minorities in public life. In terms of race relations they are a couple of generations behind north america

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LMI7XF5ZEUG7DAKJATGGZ2NFYE Colonel Jao

    How can they publish this?  Easy it is Europe and they are not as uptight as Americans.  America is one of the most oppressive countries in the world but most Americans don’t realize it.  After all ignorance is bliss….right?