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A touch of class

Just as we were musing about Big Tony’s views on homosex and masturbation, comes the revelation of the class-act jurist outside a church the other day, showing everyone the Sicilian “f-you” outside of a church.

Amid a growing national controversy about the gesture U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made Sunday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the freelance photographer who captured the moment has come forward with the picture.
“It’s inaccurate and deceptive of him to say there was no vulgarity in the moment,” said Peter Smith, the Boston University assistant photojournalism professor who made the shot.

Despite Scalia’s insistence that the Sicilian gesture was not offensive and had been incorrectly characterized by the Herald as obscene, the photographer said the newspaper “got the story right.”

Smith said the jurist “immediately knew he’d made a mistake, and said, ‘You’re not going to print that, are you?’ “

As John over at AmericaBlog noted , Vaffanculo means “go get fucked up your ass,” which is what he said to the reporter. He gets sextra credit for that bit of business, huh? I think Tony’s got some ‘splaining to do…

“The judge paused for a second, then looked directly into my lens and said, ‘To my critics, I say, ‘Vaffanculo,’” punctuating the comment by flicking his right hand out from under his chin, Smith said.

Hat tip, Paul. A DKos diary is up on it.

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