Gottschalk “no longer wants to use certain terms”

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A sequence of “The last instance” A big debate on racism broke out on WDR – and talk guest Thomas Gottschalk is now reflecting on his eloquence.

Entertainer Thomas Gottschalk wants to draw lessons from the racism criticism on an edition of the WDR talk show “The Last Instance”. “I will no longer use certain terms and not grudgingly avoid them because Political Correctness forbids it, but because a person with my eloquence has countless words at his disposal that are neither misleading nor come from a school of thought that has thought up”, wrote the 70-year-old in a guest article in the “Welt am Sonntag”.

Criticism of Gottschalk and WDR

Gottschalk was a guest in an edition of “The Last Instance”, which Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) had shown as a repeat on television at the end of January. After that there was a lot of criticism on social networks like Twitter; Debates about everyday racism also flared up in the audio app Clubhouse. In the TV panel discussion with moderator Steffen Hallaschka, Gottschalk and, as other guests, Micky Beisenherz, Janine Kunze and Jürgen Milski, discussed social issues, including the question: “The end of the gypsy sauce: Is that a necessary step?”

Gottschalk now wrote in his guest article in “Welt am Sonntag”: “As far as the Z-word from the“ Last Instance ”is concerned, I gave the green light for an expression that I will show the red card in the future, and I promise never to use the unfortunate word again. ”The term“ Gypsy ”is rejected as discriminatory by the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma. It is an alien description of the majority society overlaid by clichés.

“You can’t talk yourself out of it”

At another point in the article, Gottschalk emphasized: “I just had to learn that you can disappoint people by not understanding them. Nor can you excuse yourself from speaking a “different language” that includes vocabulary that, in your own perception, has nothing to do with discrimination or racism. “There are moments when you just have to Take note that it just doesn’t work the way it always was. “Because people feel hurt who you don’t want to hurt.”

Gottschalk wrote about himself: “I was and am a showmaster whose greatest concern has always been to let a gag lie. I never wanted to and never had to take note of the seriousness of the situation. ”Gottschalk’s appearance on“ The Last Instance ”was also heavily criticized because he stated that he was wearing a Jimi Hendrix disguise for the first time at a costume party in Los Angeles to have experienced “how a black person feels”.

WDR is repentant

The WDR is now saying that the show is rightly under strong criticism. “With such a sensitive topic, people who bring other perspectives with them and / or are directly affected by it should definitely have participated. We learn from it and will do better. ”The broadcaster describes the general idea of ​​the opinion talk“ The last instance ”as follows:“ Whether political tastelessness, borderline celebrity tweets, questionable headlines or moral issues ”- four interviewees should clearly express their opinion on all of this express.


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