This morning, Jim Carrey dragged Benito Mussolini on Twitter, which quickly provoked a response from the dictator’s granddaughter, and elevated the internet into lofty new heights/lows.
We’ve approached “peak internet” so often that we don’t appreciate the scale of nonsense. However, this morning, I feel we may have truly reached the top of poop Everest, as professional odd person Jim Carrey decided to bag fascism, dissing the dead Benito Mussolini, which prompted a response from his living granddaughter, Alessandra.
You are a bastard
— Alessandra Mussolini (@Ale_Mussolini_) March 31, 2019
In case you slept through contemporary European history, Benito was Italy’s fascist dictator, who along with being pals with Hitler, was not a very nice person. He was a journalist who attempted to ban pasta. The absolute worst. Brevity aside, the brand of his regime prompted many to flee Italy, as propaganda and subjugation became Italy’s default. Mussolini once said of fascism: “Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism.”
Carrey’s above image represents the final moments of Benito, as he (along with his mistress) as angry crowds strung up his (recently executed) corpse and well, Google it.
Alessandra happens to continue the family business, also being a politician – one who seemingly spends her time defending the public image of her famous/infamous Nonno. Back in December, she threatened to ‘sue anyone offending Mussolini’. Back to this morning, and while Jim Carrey has yet to respond to Alessandra’s rebuttal, the internet has continued the battle on his behalf.
let’s talk history shall we pic.twitter.com/VicYYKQRd8
— jordan (@JordanUhl) March 31, 2019
If I may hit pause for a moment. While I’m of the mind that the internet is a great thing we’re wasting, but it has afforded us moments like these, sterling pieces of curio that could not have happened in the past. The progeny of Italy’s final Caesar in a slanging match over a man who once stuck asparagus in his face? You can’t write that.
With that being said, Alessandra is not the only marginally interesting progeny of someone truly awful to sail the seas of the internet. For your consideration, allow me to introduce you to Cherese Evans, the tattooed Portlander who runs an antique store, who happens to be a Buddhist…and who happens to be the granddaughter of Josef Stalin.
Cherese is the daughter of Stalin’s only daughter, Svetlana, who defected back in 1966. Svetlana, of course, was an important figure in the life (and the death) of Stalin, as she was the prized sibling of the (self-called) man of Russian steel.
Unlike the other granddaughter in this story, she’s less keen on propping up the previous actions of her bloodline, once speaking about her mother, “(her) whole life has been about living this down and trying to lead a new life of her own,” Evans once reportedly said. “Of course, she abhors what Stalin did,” she told the Daily Mail. “But there was a period when so many people held her responsible for his actions that she actually started to think maybe it was true. It’s so unjust.”
Maybe take a lesson, signora.