Last week, moderator Andrea Kiewel caused surprise among her guest in her “ZDF TV garden” with a question about the desire to have children – and caused a public discussion. So it’s appropriate to ask whether you shouldn’t also pay a little attention to your choice of words in super-light formats.
“No children yet? But it’s not out of the question?” Presenter Andrea Kiewel wanted to know from Lili Paul-Roncalli last Sunday in the “ZDF TV Garden”. She hesitates for a moment, then Paul-Roncalli replies: “You won’t ask a woman such questions in 2022.” “Yes, precisely because you can ask that,” says Kiewel, unimpressed by the artist’s obvious desire for privacy.
Now you can ask Andrea Kiewel, firstly, how many male guests she has already asked such a question, secondly, what she would have done in her super shallow show if Paul-Roncalli had answered with an unfulfilled desire to have children or even a miscarriage and thirdly, why she really wants to know. Just because you can ask? In any case, the moderator does not seem to have been particularly interested in an answer from her guest, and then asks random things, for example in which language Paul-Roncalli counts or which three Italian words everyone must know.
Of course, the “ZDF-Fernsehgarten” is not an arthouse cinema and if things are asked here, then it’s more on the level of hairdresser gossip or below. And of course not every question and every sentence can be perfectly right with Andrea Kiewel in a two-hour live moderation. But the rudeness with which an attempt was made to dig into a guest’s private life makes one sit up and ask whether, despite all the mitigating circumstances, TV presenters shouldn’t also pay a little attention to what they say.
“ZDF television garden”: Andrea Kiewel and the power women
And that’s exactly what we did once, and not coincidentally exactly one week after the question about having a child in the latest issue of “ZDF-Fernsehgarten”. To classify the whole thing, this time the motto “Simply animal!” given. In practice, this means that Kiewel has had various animals and their owners brought to the “Fernsehgarten”, with artists from the pop and hit genres appearing as usual.
The first of these artists is Sonia Liebing – and with her, Kiewel is already using the opportunity to rummage through the pool of meaningless phrases: “She’s the power woman of German power hits,” says Kiewel the singer and you have to ask what exactly what Kievel means. According to the dictionary, a “power woman” is a “capable woman full of power and strength”. One would like to know why Sonia Liebing is such a woman right now, how she differs from other women and in which areas one needs power and strength to be a power woman.
Because apparently there must be women who are not power women, who have to live without strength and power. Or maybe the term “power woman” doesn’t even exist to distinguish “power women” from non-“power women”, but rather to convey that they are equal to a man? In any case, you never hear the term “powerman”. Apparently one assumes that men have power anyway, but women only if they are “power women”. Isn’t that very discriminatory?
Andrea Kiewel: “Imagine, you couple and the man is not free”
You don’t even want to ask what exactly a “power hit” is supposed to be, but you would like to ask what “power” actually means? However, one can guess that the answer has more to do with terms like assertiveness, determination or (volume) strength than with words like thoughtfulness, prudence or prudence. At this point, it is worth thinking about the weighting of character traits and whether it makes sense to keep repeating them in blunt phrases. Also and especially on such harmless occasions as the announcement of a pop singer.
On Sunday afternoon, Andrea Kiewel shows that she is more at home with simple ideas of the world in her moderation. For example, when she plays a game with a group of women who are asked to match pictures of pets to their owners. When she asks one of the owners to do so, Kiewel has no choice but to introduce him to one of the ladies with a coupling undertone: “René, look, that’s Christine!” But René defends: “I’m taken!”
“Imagine you’re helping and the man isn’t free,” laughs Kiewel at the situation, but we’re happy to spin it for you and imagine it. Then the answer would be that when a man and a woman meet, it’s pretty simple to think of pandering first. Or that it is deeply encroaching to simply do something like that without being asked. Or conceited to think that Kievel’s pandering is needed at all. No matter what you imagine, Kiewel doesn’t come off well. This also applies to your next contribution.
First think, then talk
When Kiewel wants to explain on her show how to build doghouses yourself, she shows photos of dogs and their houses and a dog arouses her displeasure: “But that’s a fatty lying in there in front, isn’t it? So it’s not thin. ” It doesn’t matter whether it’s a dog or not: Such a saying is misplaced on so many levels and reveals the world view Andrea Kiewel is traveling with.
If the first thing that strikes you when you look at an animal, be it a dog or a human, is its weight, then that’s an interesting weighting. The fact that she believes she has to comment on this reveals how important she is to herself. And the fact that she also uses a condescending term like “fattie” shows the categories in which she thinks – even if you accept the argument that it’s “just” a dog.
To put it clearly, because such behavior has also established itself towards people: the body weight of another is nobody’s business and a comment is forbidden on so many levels.
Questions about the desire to have children, the spreading of meaningless phrases, clumsy matchmaking attempts, body shaming slogans – yes, the awareness of how to use words is changing, and for some maybe too quickly. But it’s good that things are changing. Words have power and can hurt. And words reflect worldviews. So it pays to think about what you say. Also in shows like the “ZDF TV Garden”.
Updated on 2/22/2022 at 5:13 p.m
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