June 02, 2007

Can you spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y?

Barbra Streisand has forgiven us Germans. She WILL perform in Germany, after all.

Preiskategorie I: Euro 565
Preiskategorie II: Euro 397
Preiskategorie III: Euro 289
Preiskategorie IV: Euro 188
Preiskategorie V: Euro 115

Although her concert in Rome was cancelled due to protests against grotesquely inflated tickets prices from just under $200 to more than $1,200 unexpected production delays, you can now, for not more than a few hundred Euros, listen to Barbra pointing her finger at corporate greed in Germany.

Ever dwindling ticket sales due to grossly overpriced tickets and advancing age of the performer bring to mind Abraham Lincoln, whom I take the freedom to misquote: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but the odds that the people you can fool all the time will fork out hundreds of (insert currency) a ticket are getting increasingly slim with advancing age."

I have never understood those Holocaust survivors and their children who have forgiven Germany enough to live here. However, Streisand's media-effective shunning of post-war Germany reeks not just of "Sippenhaftung" ("guilty by relation" or "clan liability" are efforts to come close to a translation), which I could even understand to a certain extent. What I can not understand is the blatant and shameless hypocrisy behind it.