Since last October, Ruth Moschner (44) has been moderating the “Letter Battle” on weekdays. In the pre-evening broadcast, two teams compete against each other in rounds filled with puzzles, at the end of which a candidate can go home with up to 10,000 euros. In order to include all spectators in moderating the duel, Ruth tried to use gender-appropriate language. However, not all fans of the quiz show seem to agree. Following one of her recent broadcasts, the native of Munich received an angry message.
“Basically, I think you are great, but you changed ‘viewers’ very annoyingly today. That annoyed me so much that I won’t even go there anymore,” wrote the (apparently former) viewer. He also asked the moderator not to “fillet” the language any further. That wanted Ruth do not leave uncommented and published the anonymized message on Instagram. “It is tragic that women in 2021 will still only take place as appendices in the German language”she wrote. For them, gendering is the first step in “getting the ladies on board”.
Her followers appeared to be divided in the discussion. “And what speaks against saying ‘viewers’ instead of ‘viewers'[Sprechpause]inside? “asked a user, for example. Added as a result of similar comments Ruth then her contribution and explained that the gender asterisk includes everyone, including non-binary people.
Ruth Moschner, presenter of “Letters Battle”
Ruth Moschner, Mai 2020
Ruth Moschner, June 2020
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