Here criticism is not served by the flower, here the accounts are settled: “Thanks for nothing, you fools”, is the title of the article in the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. What is meant is the start of the session on the eleventh in the eleventh. The prince positive, and Cologne is celebrating while the incidences are in the hundreds, it is said. What also has to be written? “A History of Idiotism in the Pandemic.”
Cologne is just different
When the country sinks into the rainy November gray, the correspondents travel to the Rhine every year to start the session. You get off the cozy ICE and meet swaying flamingos from Wanne-Eickel at the cathedral or bowling clubs from Hagen with intense sound and coward batteries on their belts. There may be no great enthusiasm for Rhenish customs. Pieces of text are sent back that range somewhere between bewilderment, compassion and disgust. Just Cologne, quite different.
This year the lack of understanding about the Rhenish way of life developed into other emotional states. Anger was also among them. The author of the “Süddeutsche” was reminded of death in Venice (“Death in Cologne” was the title), of the feverish dream of an overdriven luxury society on the brink. While at Thomas Mann it is cholera that is brought in via the ports of the continent, the corona virus is now showing its deadly grimace. And the Cologne? Just celebrate carnival. “In the federal state on the Rhine and Ruhr, the foolish traditionally shows itself under the magnifying glass”, the author writes with little urge to differentiate, “even when there is no carnival.” What he misses: responsibility. “This autumn, hundreds of thousands of people are pushing their way through the old towns of the Rhineland with a general ‘lick me’.”
“With every sip, the reservations disappear.”
The colleagues from “Spiegel online” see the city between reason and disinhibition. “Everything as always when Cologne opens the carnival session. If it weren’t for the coronavirus thing, “they say. “But those celebrating people don’t want to work with that today.” The concerns at the bar are taken into account. Tina from the group “Kölscherie” is allowed to put it that one becomes thoughtful. But: “With a sip, the reservations disappear.”
Cologne, city of excess and eternal strolling, this reputation now seems to be eternally fixed. “Me sin wie mer sin, me Jecke am Rhing”, that sounds like “Drissejal” with this Corona session start.
As early as the eleventh eleventh himself, the satirical executioner Jan Böhmermann had dropped the hammer in view of the festivities on Zpicher Strasse. From the 0.5-liter beer can in the crowd of the alley it was only a short step to the intensive care unit, chirped the entertainer. The “Today Show” tweeted: “Today is the start of the carnival! 18 is not going to Istanbul this year, but to the university clinic. “
In view of the concentrated contempt for the defense speech, “Die Welt” looks back on the corona pillory: People are put on display and made responsible for new infections, according to a post that speaks of agitation. “After first teenagers, then tobogganers in the park, then people at mulled wine stalls from Twitter Germany were declared to be the drivers of the pandemic, when the jerks are serving now.”
From Cologne it should be said: there is no room for splitters in the Fastelovend.