This post is also available in: Français
The super sexy Italian math teacher Pietro Boselli is at the center of a controversy with accusations of racism after broadcasting a video filmed in the Philippines.
In the video, Pietro Boselli shares his vacation and explains that he is on a small deserted island where there is nothing. He wonders how he’ll be able to do his workout, since there’s no weights around. “I have to find something I can lift for exercise,” he says. Then, he checks out a Filipino man on the beach and he explains that he’ll use him.
“Ah! That! Filippino man looks ideal.” he says pointing at the man. “Boselli adds, “But I need to be very careful and approach slowly because he can get scared and start running.”
After chasing the guy around the beach, Boselli uses him to exercise on the beach and in the water.
After two days on Facebook, the video gained more than 2000 comments, many negative, many accusing the Italian model of racism. One explains: “Dear, dear Pietro! Off to the cultural sensitivity class I think. You won’t get away with the Benny Hill act and casual racism here.”
Another: “This is so wrong in many levels. Spreading racist stereotypes of nonwhite people as savages, animals, and play things. A white European man coming to our country and treating our people like objects, equipments, and (slaves) to be used for whatever he please. Sounds familiar? Bonifacio and Rizal would flip out of their graves if Filipinos think this is ok. ”
A man presenting himself as an admirer was equally uncomfortable: “At this moment in history, we must be respectful. I am sure that he did not intend to be a racist, but man, that’s fucking racist. ” And criticism goes on: “I’m Filipino and I was insulted.”
On Facebook and on YouTube, where the video has been seen nearly 70,000 times already, others defend Pietro Boselli. Positive comments find the video funny, while others think it’s merely ridiculous and many would have liked to be at the place of the Filipino man.
To this day, Pietro Boselli does not seem to have officially answered the controversy. Too busy lifting up Filipinos?
See the video of Pietro Boselli below:
Update: Boselli has defended himself against the accusations of racism in comments made to The Telegraph U.K., according to towleroad.com:
“I am so far removed from racism that I cannot possibly see anything racist about a funny video I have made with my friend Danel (the Filipino man in the video).
“We all have differences but we are all the same as human beings. I have and always will respect everyone.
“If anyone sees any racism in this video, they probably have racism in their head. I and Danel alike, still think this is a light hearted and funny video.”