Šťastné slovo: CT reports: Psychologist Klimez insults homosexuals

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Gindrich Scheidel's regular Saturday commentary on the things that move politics and society and the things you don't notice or don't want to notice.

I don't know who at ČT24 had the idea to invite psychologist Jeronim Klimesh to the studio on Wednesday evening. .

But I can clearly imagine his motivation – he means the unfortunate teacher, not the eccentric psychologist, although they are closely related.

Two motivations respectively.

Firstly, Mr. Klimez is a media-savvy professional who has been portraying TV studios for years, be it news or all parties of Karel Ship. On the way, it is enough to make a few phone calls from the boulevard and expertly judge that some kind of murder, which he learned about three minutes ago, undoubtedly has the features of a long-planned act.

At last he was so successful that he willingly commented for some vague server on the killing of a father and a small child in Klanowicki Les on December 21, which – unfortunately we had to learn the same day – was only a prelude. On a mass murder in a philosophy department: “The way it strikes me is that there seems to be a woman behind the event (Mother of Murdered Child, Editor's Note) Emotionally connected,” Klimez said sovereignly at the time.

Yes, we all sometimes get things wrong or let words slip too easily. But then we usually slow down and take a moment to wonder why we ended up being such a ridiculous brat again.

But Mr. Not climes. He is always ready to come and express his views at any time and place, because very practically he considers this as the best advertisement of his person. Such as the happy memories of Tomio Okamura, who, as a spokesman for the Association of Czech Travel Agencies, came to Kavi Horai to launch his stinger at any time of the day or night to announce the proliferation of poisonous mambas. In a country where a military coup broke out, a thousand years ago, a volcano erupted, everything is in the best order, people should not be afraid to go there on vacation right away.

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Whenever I see Mr. Klimesh anywhere, I am reminded of the famous essay “Culture of Idiots” by the American journalist Carl Bernstein who once exposed the Watergate affair. (It was published here in 1992 Honorable.) In it, Bernstein describes the decline of American media, which “feeds on audiences” and “magnifies the weird,” and he cites “pop-psychologists” as an example of this trend. At the time, I had no idea what it was all about: thanks to Jeroni Klimesh, I understood it.

A second possible reason for inviting Klimesh to the studio on Wednesday is related: He has strong opinions. Especially when it comes to homosexuality. And he's not afraid to say them. Therefore, it is hard to believe anything when CT spokesperson Vendula Krejčová now says that “sometimes it happens that someone abuses it in a live broadcast and uses insults instead of an argument” and that public television stays away from the whole event. In this way they could not count on Kavče horáy.

Just read Klimesh's history, his colleagues' frequent protests against his appearance even in CT, or his speech on homosexuality and “registered partnerships” discussed in 2004. Let's quote his basic idea: “Today, however, homosexuals represent a powerful media lobby, which, however, still keeps in the public eye a pile of wronged poor who need to be helped. Not so.'

However, on Czech TV, when, as part of his rambling conversation, Klimez asked host Nikola Reyndlová about his number of sexual partners, someone in the director's office must have turned off his microphone and ended the interview. If the host throws a glass of water at him, we'll be rooting for him to hit the target.

There is another explanation why we should look at Jeroným Klimeš. Without denying the previous two – on the contrary, the whole thing fits together.

Klimache's invitation suggests a funny-weird discussion about a topic you could plausibly argue about in any pub after the third beer. And those who stood up for equal rights on TV just a minute before Klims, are destined to reprise their role as “radicals” on this show, since of course we give the term “both sides of the argument.” Disturbed scenes Mr. meet only Klimas. The same has been done in the parliamentary press.

This is a very innovative drama for Czech television. Looking forward to the sequel, Mr. Klimez always finds time.

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