published 2. June 2022, 09:55
The German health minister became well known during the crown pandemic. Now she’s causing a stir by telling the health senator about the unhealthy ingredients in her KitKat.
Ministers reacted with a protest after Karl Lauterbach rebuked Health Senator Melanie Leonhard for a chocolate bar.
The 44-year-old ate a KitKat bar during a videoconference.
Lauterbach pointed to “dangerous” ingredients – sugar and palm oil.
During the pandemic, Karl Lauterbach gained a reputation in Germany as a “permanent reminder”. His personality is polarizing. But now he has probably gone a step too far, even for the forgiving ones: in a recent videoconference, SPD Health Senator Melanie Leonhard (44) rebuked her for nibbling on a KitKat bar.
As reported by “Bild”, Lauterbach gave her a “tipi” with unhealthy and environmentally harmful ingredients: sugar and palm oil. Leonard reacted to this “cheated and irritated,” the newspaper continues.
Lauterbach’s Criticism Leads to “Sugar Riots”
Other colleagues were also not amused by Lauterbach’s comments and they demonstratively grabbed a bar of chocolate at another meeting, while Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (57) provocatively held his bottle of cola in front of the camera. “Bild” speaks of the “sugar uprising against Lauterbach” and even compares Lauterbach with the unspeakable omniscient teacher Lämpl in the stories of “Max and Moritz” by Wilhelm Busch.
Lauterbach acted as a moral authority in dealing with the crown pandemic and has always advocated great caution and harsh measures. In doing so, he occasionally generated harsh criticism, for example when he used exaggerated rhetoric in April to warn against the “killer variant.”