Günther Jauch is always in the mood for jokes on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Is the moderator going too far with a casual comment about the Chinese?
Hurth – “Who will become a millionaire?Many viewers can hardly imagine it without Günther Jauch (67). The moderator not only has his own way of accompanying the candidates through the 15 questions to the million, but also scores with relaxed conversations and funny sayings. In Monday’s episode (November 13, 2023), the TV star wants to provide entertainment – but a questionable joke may backfire.
In “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”: Günther Jauch makes questionable cliché jokes
With 16,000 euros in his pocket, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” candidate Nils Grundmann (50) can take a little breather on Monday evening. Günther Jauch, who recently elicited unpleasant details from a “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” candidate wants to take a look at his pet pigs Lutzi and Uwe. The Egestorfer brought a few pictures with him. But when he sees the “mini pigs,” which ultimately weigh a whopping 60 kilos, presenter Günther Jauch doesn’t think about cuddles.
“They look delicious – from the outside,” is the 67-year-old’s conclusion. But the funny saying immediately gets backlash. After all, Nils Grundmann keeps the animals as pets – and has no intention of eating them. “I don’t eat my dogs either,” he emphasizes. For Günther Jauch, this is a template for a questionable joke. “The Chinese see it differently,” he says, referring to a cliché that dogs are generally on the menu in China.
All Chinese eat dogs – what’s the truth in the cliché?
In conversation with the Aachen newspaper Professor Karl-Heinz Pohl, head of Chinese studies at the University of Trier, explains widespread clichés about China. Eating habits in Asia in particular are subject to prejudice. He reacts to the cliché: “Chinese love rice and eat everything that has four legs except a table and a chair” as follows.
“The southern Chinese eat a lot of rice, while the northern Chinese tend to love noodles or steamed bread.” Popular types of meat are, like in Germany, ‘normal’ chicken, pork or beef. “But in the south everything edible is served on the table, which often makes Europeans’ hair stand on end,” he says. In addition to grasshoppers, this also includes barbecue dogs – although they are not pets, but are specially bred.
According to a cliché joke: Viewers criticize Günther Jauch
Many viewers are not only bothered by the Chinese saying, but above all by the fact that the topic of eating pets is brought into play at all. “Laughing to death about the Chinese eating dogs, ugh,” someone says angrily after the stereotype joke. “I thought that was totally wrong,” said another viewer on Facebook.
But no one has to worry about Lutzi and Uwe: owner Nils Grundmann emphasizes that the pigs are doing well at home. The two have been living in his garden for seven years and would never end up on the neighbor’s grill in the future. “They have the right to live for life,” he clarifies.
With, of all things, an animal welfare question, he earns the 32,000 euros – with which he can go home in the end. Once again it wasn’t enough to reach a million – Günther Jauch knows why “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” candidates always fail. Sources used: “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” (RTL; episode from November 13, 2023), Facebook/Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
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