Stella Manente, actress, model and influencer, was making her way towards Central Station, Milan, to get a train. En route she spoke openly about her frustration with the enormous crowd, estimated at three hundred thousand people, celebrating Milan Pride on Saturday, June 29. In her Instagram story, she wrote ‘#ashamed to be Italian’.
“I mean I’m losing the train in the midst of this mass of ignorant people! You should all die,” Stella said on her Instagram story. Milan Pride parade was making their way from Piazza Duca D’Aosta and heading towards Porta Venezia. The streets were full of joy, packed with numerous members of the LGBT+ community and allies.
— La Cabina Armadio (@_Pimple_) June 30, 2019
Against the backdrop of LGBT+ celebration, Stella called for the return of Hitler. In a now-deleted Instagram story, Stella Manente asked “Why isn’t Hitler around anymore?”, explaining that a figure such as Hitler would have been able to control the crowds. She also wanted to see a stronger police presence, “I really would like to understand where the police is,” she stated in her story.
Milan’s Pride festivities began on the June 21 and ran up to June 30. Pride festivities usually happen around the month of June each year. For the occasion, a ‘Pride square’ spread out across streets near via Lazzaretto, via Lecco, via Castaldi, Largo Bellintani and pizza Oberdan.
Non sapevo assolutamente l'esistenza del #Pride a Milano. Ieri avevo un treno importante che mi avrebbe portato a un meeting di lavoro e non riuscivo a passare. Lo stavo quasi perdendo ed ero nervosa. Mi scuso di nuovo e non voglio offendere nessuno.#StellaManente #MilanoPride pic.twitter.com/b5ajneEy4h
— Stella Manente (@SteManenteReal) June 30, 2019
Her Instagram story has received wide-scale backlash from the LGBT+ community and has since been deleted. Stella released a public apology in response to this backlash: “I had no intention of hurting anyone.” She claimed to be unaware that people were out for Pride, despite the large crowd displaying rainbow banners and flags, saying the heat and anxiety over missing the train made her speak rashly.
#stellamanete is currently trending on Twitter with people speaking out against her comments.
*All comments made by Stella Menante have been translated from Italian.
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