Germany now has enshrined as law a “third gender” option for its citizenry.
AKK, as she commonly called, needs to watch a few episodes of Babylon Berlin. It’s politicians like her whose views helped speed the demise of the Weimar Republic and the ascension of the Nazis.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats, has come under fire for mocking the idea of gender-neutral bathrooms in a Carnival-themed show on public television.
The controversy comes after the German parliament in December approved a “third gender” option on official documents for “intersex” people who do not identify as either male or female and may be born with atypical sexual anatomy.
The video of Kramp-Karrenbauer, who succeeded Angela Merkel as party chief in December, making jokes at the expense of gender non-conforming and transgender individuals went viral on social media Sunday and drew criticism from politicians and activists, who labeled the performance a “travesty.”
In the segment, which aired on public broadcaster SWR, a festively-dressed Kramp-Karrenbauer pokes fun at Berlin’s hipster reputation, saying that the “latte macchiato faction” has “installed third-gender bathrooms” in cafés. She goes on to say that gender-neutral bathrooms are “for the men who can’t decide if they want to sit or stand when they pee.”
Berlin’s deputy mayor, Klaus Lederer, called the footage a “tragedy” on Twitter, and retweeted a post criticizing the lack of media interest in the incident, which occurred on Thursday but began doing the rounds on social media on Sunday.
Dietmar Bartsch, who heads the Left party, tweeted that Thursday’s incident is “another reason to fight against this woman becoming chancellor,” and Free Democrats lawmaker Jens Brandenburg called the episode “embarrassing,” according to Deutsche Welle.
LGBT activists across Germany were also quick to slam the comment, noting that the CDU leader had already been crowned “Miss Homophobia 2018” by the equal rights NGO Enough is Enough, after she compared gay marriage to incest and polygamy.