"They aren’t used to seeing people who are different, not white, who act not as rebels but normally. So if they act normally, they seem like they are being rebellious. I think what the ignorant people don’t like is that people who are different are allowed to act that way. So these stupid people, they get angry with me. They say horrible things. But I haven’t done anything different from other people. I have made mistakes, like everyone does. And I have always paid for my mistakes. I think that if I was white, yeah, maybe some people would still find me irritating or annoying, but it wouldn’t be the same. Absolutely not… It’s really sad to think that we can change Italy only by winning the World Cup. I hope we can change things even if we don’t win it."
Mario Balotelli on racism in Italian football and Italy in general, GQ, July 2014 (via footieridiculosity)
*screams into the abyss about the excellence of Mario Balotelli and the grossness of racist fucknuggets who insist on concern-trolling about him*