While Italy has been severely affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, the words spoken a few days ago by tenor Andrea Bocelli in front of the Italian Senate go wrong.
While he was a strong figure in the National Union formed in March-April during the epidemic peak, the Opera singer held almost “negationist” comments about Sars-CoV-2.
“I tried to analyze reality, and I realized that things were not going as we were told”, Declared Andrea Bocelli. “The first confrontations took place at home. When I began to express doubts about the severity of this so-called pandemic, the first to attack me were my sons who told me ‘take care of The Tosca and of Madame Butterfly, drop the viruses you don’t know about it ’ ”, Continued the singer. The latter added that despite the fact that he knew a lot of people in Italy, he had not known anyone who had required a stay in intensive care because of the Covid-19.
The tenor continued his speech by denigrating the containment measures put in place by the Italian authorities: “There have been times when, I say this, detaching myself from any political side, I felt humiliated and offended. When I heard that I was being deprived of my freedom to leave my home without having committed a crime, I was offended. I wish to publicly confess that I have sometimes voluntarily disobeyed this ban because I did not find it right, or even beneficial, to stay at home”, Confessed Andrea Bocelli.
Not to mention the fact that the tenor has spent his confinement in his grand mansion, these comments are rather frowned upon as the time has come for vigilance and the maintenance of barrier gestures to avoid an upsurge in cases. Especially since the singer has not always made such a speech, sincelast March, he called on everyone to stay at home “out of civic sense”, and took the health situation seriously. At the end of May, the opera singer even claimed to have been a victim of the coronavirus, and to have lived “a nightmare”, With all his infected family.
Shocked by the singer’s change of tone, several Italian public figures, including rapper Fedez, invited him to respect the 35,000 dead from Covid-19 in Italy, and to stop considering the pandemic as science fiction .
Forced to explain the controversial statement in the Senate, Andrea Bocelli bluntly apologized in a video, claiming to have been misunderstood: “I’m not a denier, I’m an optimist and I take it away with a prayer”, Assured the tenor.
Sources: RAI; La Reppublica