In these days, in many country the cellar painted in Germany again, hectic boxes ransacked and the roof and floors visited. Where is my costume? As always, carnival comes, Carnival or carnival, much too fast and felt completely surprising. So it is good that you have a wig that collects over the years, a few classics – maybe an Indian costume, maybe an Afro look. You follow certain votes, starts the Problem.

What is being discussed in the United States on Halloween for quite some time, seeps in the meantime in the German carnival culture. It is the question of whether a costume has to be politically correct. And whether it is racist costumes, the other cultures to offend. Or whether you should just leave in the fifth Season also politically blind eye to the.

Must be a costume politically correct?

The Cologne African studies Professor Marianne Bechhaus-Gerst has a clear opinion: of Course there is racist costumes. “Here in Cologne, there are still a number of carnival clubs, the black facing. That is to say, you can dress up as a fantasy-Africans with grass skirts and bones chain with which they use then, old, stereotypical images,” she says. “You are not racist necessarily. But it is a racial disguise.” It is to meet people, the felt is reduced. And the bast skirt was just an example. “I would hope that there is also a discussion on the Indian costume, and what could be problematic. It is a European fantasy about a group of people that has nothing to do with reality.”

In a similar vein 2017 proposed poster campaign “I am not a costume!”. The Parties, including the anti-discrimination Association of Germany, criticized that the “time of colonialism and the so-called “discoveries”, which were mass murders and other atrocities associated”, has thus far not been worked up sufficiently. “The so-called ‘Indian costume’ and other discriminatory and partly romanticized images of certain groups, the Elderly give more to the next Generation.”

“I’m not a costume!”

Ignite such a discussion, it is conducted with great vehemence. In the case of the campaign also involved the Association Public against violence today, “I am not a costume!” no Interview more. The counter reaction to the push was just too hard.

to report Similar know Günter Cöllen, but with completely the opposite sign. He is the second Chairman of the carnival Association “Wild Frechen”, which was called until last year, in a different way: “Frechener Negerköpp”. On old photos you can see the members with black painted faces and fur vests. Where the Name came from, can’t Cöllen explain at all. “I know only so much, that it is the result of a Stammtisch. The Skat brothers.” Politically, you’ve never want to be.

in 2018, in any event, the “Negerköpp to be named,” and the costumes have been mothballed. Cöllen reported that the hostility had taken hold. “The most Extreme threat that our car should be pelted on the procession with stones.” The case is reminiscent of the carnival “Negroes from the South” was in the Hessian town of Fulda, to a similar political issue.

carnival and Social Media are the two extremes meet

That such debates are today cooking a lot faster and even beyond the borders of the own carnival procession, has to do with the new media. It will meet two extremes. The carnival, to have the DNA of the sentence “we’ve always done so!”. And social networks, where debates are sometimes absurdly quick to Hysterical can tilt.

“By the global networking can be noticed, basically everyone and everything. It changes automatically the angle of view,” says the Cologne-born cabaret artist Fatih Çevikkollu, the deals in his programs with Integration. Also known as Murat from the Comedy series “Alles Atze” (RTL). From the carnival, they should demand more sensitivity, he says.

The Indian costume holds Çevikkollu still in order. Overall, he advises, but of Ethno-costumes – because they are uncreative. “If someone is going as a tube of toothpaste – something I think is great.”