Short Male Reporter Gets Publicly Ridiculed
Thank you to Alex for letting me know about this!
BBC reporter Steve Rosenberg (5'6") was sent to interview German MP Silvana Koch-Mehrin (6'4" in heels). Having trouble getting both of them in the shot (supposedly), Rosenberg was asked to stand on an equipment box.
Someone snatched a shot and sold it to Bild, Germany's biggest-selling daily newspaper, where it was mocked under the headline: 'Little Brit Questions Big Woman Politician'.
The situation is clearly ridiculous to people either because he's standing on a scruffy box and/or because he's short.
What's interesting to me is:
- Was this actually physically necessary or just something to tip over the edge to require a "fix"?
- Are female field reporters afforded the same luxury? And if not, is it because they're typically tall anyway? (and thin and attractive...)
- I'm assuming there's some level of national rivalry that made this worth it for the paper. (i.e., it's ok to make fun of him because he's British)
- If the gender situation was reverse, it's clear that this wouldn't have been quite as amusing to everyone.
- Is there some journalistic rule that they can't just both sit in chairs? It's not exactly a war zone or security issue here.
For you those versed in German, here's the actual article and picture: