Italian Supreme Court: saying a man has ‘no balls’ is a crime
No mention of hand gestures, but it’s no laughing matter in Italy. Now a civil court will determine just how much the insult will cost.
New York Daily News: Size might not matter, but Italy’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that it is a crime to insult a man by saying he has “no balls.”
The decision arose out of a rather contentious courtroom argument between two cousins, a justice of the peace named only as Alberto G. who handed the insult to Vittorio G., a lawyer, in the southern Italian city of Potenza, Italy’s ANSA news service reports.
“Apart from the vulgarity of the term used, the expression definitely also has an injurious quality,” read the ruling of Maurizio Fumo, according to the agency.
“It refers not only to the target’s lack of virility but also to his weakness of character, lack of determination, competence and coherence – virtues that, rightly or wrongly, are still identified as pertaining to the male gender,” the agency quoted.
All this, despite what the court called a “popularization” of the expression.
Now, a civil court will decide on how much Vittorio must be paid by his cousin.
I guess the Italians don’t tolerate bad language in court!