On April 1, pianist Igor Levit posted a photo of his grand piano with a piano stool and a bottle on it. He left readers guessing what he’s busy with right now. The most surprising comment came after midnight from the ZDF television council’s official Twitter account: “Looks a bit like anal intruding at work. But it could also be Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto!?”
This raised eyebrows among users.
Since it was founded in 1961, representatives of the federal and state governments have been represented in the ZDF television council, as have representatives of the Protestant and Catholic churches, the Central Council of Jews, civil servants, the trades and other socially relevant groups.
But this was not the end. To Levit’s advice “You shouldn’t drink so much alcohol!!”, the nocturnal television councilor replied a little later: “Not even to stay able to work? You do too!”
A little later, the cheerful and humid broadcaster consultant followed up again and left no doubt about his level: “So one thing is clear: the #TV Council is as broad and as colorful as our #society! (Well ok, right now it’s mostly wide)”.
It was only a day later that those responsible became aware of what they had done and spoke up “on their own behalf” on Twitter: “This account communicated in a way that did not in any way correspond to the tasks, the self-image and the customs of the committee way is fair. Sober, appreciative communication is a prerequisite for the discourse that the TV Council always advocates.”
The word “sober” in particular caused more laughs in this context.