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Massimo D'Alema

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Italian satirical fame

Massimo D'Alema is an Italian politician who served as the Prime Minister (1998 – 2000) and later Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006 – 2008).

From a political standpoint, he represented the Democratic Party of the Left (formerly Communist Party, now Democratic Party)
Nevertheless, the Italian press seems to often make fun of him, nicknaming him Baffino (littlestache) because he's somewhat seen as a controversial figure

A great sum up of all this can be found in the Italian version of Uncyclopedia: Nonciclopedia

First sight of a meme, though IRL: The Fu-fu dance.

In the mid-1990s, a humoristic report from the "Striscia la Notizia" tv show found out about a peculiar nervous tic from Massimo d'Alema, consisting in blowing his clenched fists.

The peculiar sound made, "fu-fu", soon became a somewhat great phenomenon reused by the TV hosts, as commented by this note
(Translated extract)

"Discoverer" of the "Fu Fu" the famous gesture of Massimo D'Alema, the historic "torment" of Striscia la Notizia. Sergio Cofferati said to give the FU FU 50% of the substance of the first electoral victory of the Olive. Lamberto convinces Honeymooners live on TV Umberto Agnelli to "go fu fu" before the Juve – Ajax. Vince Juve. The FU FU is consecrated as a lucky charm, not only political, and becomes a fad.

Curator in external services impersonator of Massimo D'Alema including the trespassing in disguise to the boat show in Genoa with 30 troupes and retinue included to simulate the real Mr D'Alema (4 crews, fake picture, " journalists in tow, escort and procession of blue car) We believed.

Following this, a dance was created specifically for the show, the "fu fu" dance was born:

While the "fu-fu" gesture became some kind of lucky charm within Italy, used by politicians, soccer players and people alike, that music clip was reused further on by a website called Fu fu factory to promote their series of child books depicting strange animals called fu fu:

International Internet Meme: Reaction guy

From examining a few photos of Massimo d'Alema, he appears to be fond of using lots of animated gestures, posturing, and effective use of expressive faces.

But one photo showing him in a position of complete astonishment and dismay has been reposted more than any other, and photoshopped in various ways.


Dubbed Reaction guy or sometimes Do not want guy, this photo is used among /b/tards as a simple way of expressing one's bewilderment at a previous post made by someone else or, in short, a typical Reaction Face. The fact that, in this photo, Massimo d'Alema glares greatly at the left side of the screen is also an amusing way of playing with the imageboards layout.

Numerous alterations of the initial photo ensued but its initial usage as a reaction picture always prevails:

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