Apparently at the La Versiliana cultural festival in Tuscany it is considered bad form to speak in a language other than Italian. Catherine Deneuve was at the festival to read lines from George Perec's book Je Me Souviens. She was accompanied on stage by the Italian actor Michele Placido. Michele spoke all of his lines in Italian but Catherine read all of hers in French.
As soon as she started speaking in French the crowd started booing and they didn't stop except when Michele was reading. If the booing wasn't enough the crowd then started chanting, "Thieves, we want our money back."
After the performance Catherine refused to talk about the incident but Michele went ahead and threw Catherine under a bus by admitting it was a mistake for Catherine to speak in French. The organizers of the event gave the audience members free tickets for another event to appease their anger. I still love her though.
L'unico italiano che conosco mi sarebbe gettato in carcere, perché ho imparato da guardare porno italiano. Mi chiedo che cosa la gente avrebbe detto se avessi cominciato a dire, "Wow avete enormi seni."