Will "il Grillo Parlante" the speaking Cricket of Pinocchio change the Phallocentric style of Italian politics?
Can the flow of words, the 'phallogocentric' (1) rhetorics as displayed in Italian politics - dominated by male leaders - be changed by the main actors that have been voted into parliament in February 2013? Will Beppe Grillo (2) act like 'the wise cricket' in the Pinochio tale and change tone and content of the debate, open new doors, to an era beyond the discourses of Berlusconi con sui?
Most people only know the Walt Disney interpretation of the original Italian story by Carlo Lorenzini, 1826 – 1890, "Le avventure di Pinocchio." The cricket that appears in it is called "Il Grillo Parlante" and is described as "gentile, generoso, saggio, preoccupato, riluttante, severo ed intelligente" (friendly, generous, wise, preoccupied, ungrudging, strict and intelligent). Il Grillo Parlante, tries to appeal at the good sense of the wooden marionette that becomes human, he warns him several times. These warnings are neglected at first, 'il grillo' is even dismissed in his role of educator, but in the end there is the repentance of Pinocchio and the value of the wise cricket is recognised.
Pinocchio is depicted here as the Italy of Berlusconi, full of phallocentric lies, but will Beppo Grillo who seems to be in his methods a mirror image of Berlusconi, full of himself, indulging in his central role on stage, in overwhelming monologues addressed at admiring crowds, really do different? Does he have all the qualities of the original Italian story mentioned above? (3)
The relationship between Means and Ends does matter. Will the "5 Stelle Movimento" develop into something more than just an audience for the dynamic speech performances of Beppo Grillo? Will the 'grillini' as they call themselves, develop their own discourse on all levels, from the local to the national? All the signs are that the movement lead by Beppo Grillo is first of all a 'reaction movement', a movement that was blown into existence in response to the blunt lies and bad practice of Berlusconi and his allies. More is needed than just reacting. A coherent practical vision on what to do with Pinocchio-land, how to wrestle with the stock-exchange and EU financial power structures, who were today all united in their scandalous disapproval of what - whatever one says - has been a democratic election by the people of Italy for a new government.
(1) Phallogocentrism | phallocentrism
a neologism coined by Jacques Derrida to refer to the privileging of the masculine in the construction of meaning. Derrida and others identified phonocentrism, or the prioritizing of speech over writing, as an integral part of phallogocentrism.
(2) Beppe Grillo is the leader of the new Italian Party " MoVimento 5 Stelle" (5 Star Movement) who did gain 109 of the 630 seats in The Chamber of Parliament during the February 2013 elections and 54 of the 315 seats in the Italian Senate. His family name means 'cricket' (the insect) and thus associates with the Pinocchio story.
(3) "Il cambiamento è gia venuto" (change has come already) a long video of a Milano meeting on February 19 in Milano on a public square, to taste the public discourse of Beppo Grillo... on YouTube