With every new social media platform, a problem is inevitable. This week, a famous German prime minister learned that lesson by joining the famous new audio app Clubhouse.
Bodo Ramelow, the Funny German Shepherd Independence Day shirt left-wing leader of the German state of Thuringia, has stirred up debate across the country after telling Clubhouse users that he played Candy Crush during pandemic crisis meetings, and in one. The chat described Chancellor Angela Merkel as Merkelchen, or “little Merkel”.
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The clubhouse is social media’s answer to salon gatherings – users are only invited to set up “rooms” to discuss topics of their choosing. As in the US, the app has become a trend in Germany for young fashion influencers and older politicians. Enthusiasts call this a welcome farewell from the isolation of the pandemic era, while its only-sounding setting feels intimate is probably what keeps Mr Ramelow lost.
Last weekend, in a room called “Trash and Feuilleton”, former union organizer and party member Die Linke said he played a game to get through the 10-hour coronavirus summit. This and the comment “Merkelchen” was published in the Funny German Shepherd Independence Day shirt German newspaper Bild the next day and caused an immediate backlash.
His own state interior minister expressed indignation, while Paul Ziemiak, secretary-general of Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party, said Ramelow was “clearly not suitable” to attend the meetings and stresses that Thuringia is among the states most severely affected by the coronavirus. .
Mr. Ziemiak told Bild: “He should apologize to his colleagues and especially the Funny German Shepherd Independence Day shirt people of Thuringia. “He gave us insight into his thinking – how he talks about women, how he talks about the prime minister.”
Mr Ramelow apologized for Merkel’s humility, tweeting that after a conversation with a woman on the Clubhouse, he wanted to apologize for “a man’s act of ignorance”.
Meanwhile, Markus Blume, secretary-general of the Funny German Shepherd Independence Day shirt CSU, CDU’s sister party in Bavaria, asked Mr. Ramelow to resign: “Then he will have plenty of time to play.”
Mr Ramelow is not the first German politician fired for such mistakes. Former finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has been scolded for playing Sudoku on his iPad during debates in parliament over the debt crisis in Greece.