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Grillo to ban Five Star members from Italian talk shows

Move comes after blasting Salsi for 'G Spot' appearance

Grillo to ban Five Star members from Italian talk shows

Rome, November 6 - Beppe Grillo, the Italian comic and leader of the rising anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), said Tuesday he will ban elected members of his party from appearing on talk shows, days after drawing the ire of feminists for ridiculing a Bologna councillor for making the party look bad on national television. In a "handbook" for elected officials published on his blog Tuesday, Grillo said it was "strongly ill-advised" to appear on talk shows, and doing so would be strictly forbidden in the future. The move comes a few days after M5S member and Bologna Councillor Federica Salsi told Italian talk show Ballaro' that "the problem of democracy (within the M5S) exists". The following day, Grillo lashed out at Salsi on his blog, calling the talk show appearance "her G Spot". "It's the long-awaited 15 minutes of fame that Andy Warhol predicted," he added. The post was met with an onslaught of retorts from feminists, inclulding Salsi herself. "It's a disappointment," she said. "He's showed himself to be the victim of the culture of (former Italian premier) Silvio Berlusconi. It was truly demeaning. He's a sexist like the rest". Grillo has set up his Five Star Movement in stark opposition to the European Union and mainstream Italian politics, denouncing scandals that have plagued political parties, including Berlusconi's center-right People of Freedom party. Fresh off scoring the most votes in Sicily elections late last month, the M5S currently polls second in the run-up to general elections scheduled for April, when Premier Mario Monti's term at the helm of a technocratic government expires and the former European commissioner vows he will step down. The Democratic Party (PD) is currently polling around 27%, while Berlusconi's PdL has about 15%.

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