Source: La Stampa, February 16
Gucci has offered two million euros for permission to stage the fashion show at the Acropolis while television broadcasting rights would bring in another 55 million. Athens can’t afford to reject the offer, La Stampa argues:
This last, desperate show of pride is perhaps acceptable in spirit but it is of little help in view of the crisis that has not only decimated the Greeks’ pensions and wallets but is also ravaging their very culture….
As early as 2014 cultural historians sounded the alarm that the Acropolis was on the verge of collapse…. But please, no money from the fashion industry! Because trying to make money with cultural assets is a form of prostitution….
Better to go on allowing art treasures to be mistreated and ravaged by neglect, decay and vandalism. That’s far less vulgar. Just as it’s apparently not at all vulgar to accept further social inequality through drastic pension and healthcare cuts and rising unemployment.