On Saturday, some fool spray painted the Italian word for faggot on a Mika concert poster in Florence. It was picked up on local gay blogs, which led to Mika seeing it. He was hurt, and he could have left it there, but as the image was going viral, the once coy-about-his-sexuality singer decided to harness that power.
“I saw the photos and my instinct was not to do anything, because hatred, which I know very well, would be better off ignored. But let's break the silence! I have no fear of those who discriminate against me—no one should. Love does what it wants.”
The hashtags #rompiamoilsilenzio (let's break the silence) and #lamorefaquelchevuole (love does what it wants) became rallying cries against the slur, entering the Top 10 of Italy's trending topics almost instantly.