Army club director sacked for burlesque show during Ukraine war

Holly's Good, a.k.a. Daisy Ciotti

 ROME – The director of the Officers' Club of the Armed Forces in Italy’s capital has been removed from his position after the establishment held an evening of burlesque entertainment not even two days after Russia’s invasion into Ukraine, as told by Ansa.

 The show was staged on Saturday evening at a historic military club in the Palazzo Barberini district of Via XX Settembre. Defence staff expressed "profound disappointment” at the revelation, while Minister Lorenzo Guerini has ordered an internal investigation to "verify facts and responsibilities."

  The audience was largely made up of retired officers and their spouses. One of the performers was international star Holly's Good, also known as Daisy Ciotti, from Rome, who was originally a professional ballet dancer. She is the only Italian to have won a title at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. The artist undressed in front of the Armed Forces emblem.

 Reports of the event ended up on the, an “underdog” Italian news website, which revealed a "prestigious Officers Club transformed into a night club with striptease.” The story flew around the web, with many criticising whether it was appropriate to host such a performance in the current situation.