V18 Artistic Director must go.

In a society supposedly promoting equality, dignity and respect for fundamental human rights it is unacceptable that women are labelled ‘sorry bitches’.

Recent public comments made by V18 Artistic Director Mario Philip Azzopardi fly in the face of Malta’s efforts at improving the way it treats all members of its society, particularly women.

Mr. Azzopardi’s disgusting insults might be his chosen method of expressing himself, yet they offend the laws, policies and values that secure the protection of all persons from vulgar insults intended to bully and intimidate.

His disgusting language cannot be defended by a government that has just adopted legislation protecting all persons from gender-based violence. He must go.

How would the government had reacted had Mr. Azzopardi called a gay man “sorry pufta” or a migrant “sorry nigger”?

aditus foundation condemns this horrid language, and urges the relevant public authorities to also express disgust at what is, essentially, an expression of verbal violence by a man holding public against a women exercising her fundamental rights.

Anything short of an absolute condemnation amounts to endorsement. He must go.