Coming out of the credenza1: An Italian celebrity unveils his 'new' gay self

Angelo Benozzo

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In this article I offer a discourse analysis of Tiziano Ferro coming out in a regulatory Italian context. The critical texts for analysis come from the first page of the entertainment section of two Italian newspapers, Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica, where Ferro, an Italian pop star, came out of the closet in as public a way as possible. The pages contain a letter from the singer, other articles (editorial and comments), an interview and images. I present a discourse analysis of these newspaper pages, highlighting how the construction of this narration of coming out, with its ideology-laden and rhetorical discourse, combined visual aspects and written texts. In this way I deconstruct the narrative of coming out; I discuss the intertwining of the regulatory discourses so that homosexuality is made acceptable in the Italian social landscape, and the consequences of this coming out.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-360
Number of pages25
Issue number3-4
Early online date10 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013


  • Celebrity
  • coming out
  • discourse analysis
  • homosexuality
  • Italy

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