Dear Günther Jauch, dear First Channel of German TV (ARD), dear editorial department of BILD, please take a deep breath. Maybe you should also take a seat. Make yourself comfortable now. You might have to be very, very strong now. Dropping funny phrases, asking investigative questions. The nice guy next door. fascinating the masses. Still each day TV hosts fall by the wayside. So we asked ourselves: How can we help those people? This is: Neo Magazine TV-Aid Neo Magazin is indeed a very small program but nevertheless we like to help successful, big programs: Last sunday 5,2 million viewers have watched the famous national-talkshow with Günther Jauch. It grabbed 18,4 percent market share. The show featured the Greek minister of finance Yanis Varoufakis as well as a big scandal: A Youtube video of a conference in Croatia in 2013, where Yanis Varoufakis gave us Germans the finger – if I understand it correctly. All the more the Germans are occasionally confused, about the way you addressed our country Varoufakis wants to second the Greeks concerning new self-confidence. and isn’t afraid of unmistakable statements, especially to Germany. Shocking! But Yanis Varoufakis was extremly shocked as he simply cannot remember giving the finger at any time during the speech. That video was doctored. I never gave the finger. The video is fake, it is doctored. I feel ashamed that people think I am capable of doing something like that. The Footage is taken of the conference but the finger is doctored. I assure that without any doubt. Just accept it – that never happened! Could we please have a look at the footage where Yanis Varoufakis is giving the finger? But wait, where’s the finger? I haven’t spotted any, Ladies and Gentlemen. So is the finger eventually an actual fake? But who should be interested in faking such thing? Only thing I could imagine … this is the work of a small, fee-financed Loser-Show aired on a TV channel governed by public law. And that’s how we did it. So, we prepared this „V for Varoufakis“ Video in the beginning of February and we needed original footage of the real Varoufakis. But there wasn’t any back then, so we had to search for it. I think it was a congress placed in Zagreb, Croatia in 2013. And indeed, there were some passages of interest for us. But how to get a good rapport with Croatia? It’s not that easy. Fortunately I’m fluent in Croatian because my parents hail from Croatia. What’s more, I have friends in Zagreb, who worked at the Subversive Ferstival in Zagreb. Our best regards to Nina and Dina! Hello Germany, hello Neo Magazin Royale! My Regards to Günther Jauch and Yanis Varoufakis And I’m really sorry! I present you: Croatian There is a part in his talk, where he says „and stick the finger to Germany“. This is totally harmless context, oblique speech. So he’s not really saying, that he wants to give the Germans the finger. But we found it a nice twist, to make it look like he is showing us the finger while saying that sentence.
Well, we gave it a try. Is the middelfinger-video real or fake? V for Varoufakis, scene 15, take 12. Shooting was truly complex, and I needed to do THIS for two days. For example here one can see, we are able to place the hand where we want it to be. So as to see, where it fits best. Whether the arm needs to be longer or shortened. Cause, if we did it like this it will be too obvious that his arm is too large. Of course I’m using several effects, like motion blur, to make it appear more realistic. By doing so, it’s improving the final result. And we did our best to make it as realistic as possible, by adjusting other things like the shadows. So that one can’t easily tell, that the footage has been manipulated. Luckily there are experts for anything concerning the internet. Is this actually a real, approved profession? Or do you learn it through the internet? I for one cannot imagine this TV show showing manipulated footage. So isn’t hardly anything safe from the internet nowadays? Not even GUENTHER JAUCH or the BILD newspaper? Well, when it’s on GÜNTHER JAUCH it must be right. At least that’s what I thought to this day. So this is our material, the original footage, and that’s what you’ve made of it? Exactly. Well, you can still see some small mistakes here and there. But overall I’m quite content. There’s the difference, true, and here it’s similar again. Yes, it’s actually just a short passage we had to replace. It’s up to you now. Which one is the original? Either this one, or the other. We also did an alternative version, with his index finger. Once such a video is online, who can still accurately tell where exactly it came from? One couldn’t have thought, that anyone from Subversive Festival would have participated in such a subversive move. According to our information this took place at a conference in Zagreb in 2013. Did you know that subversive also means subversiv in German. I didn’t. I’d like to impersonate Günther Jauch for a moment. Boy, this very Mr. Jauch, always ahead of the curve. Barely uploaded to the internet, three weeks later it’s on GÜNTHER JAUCH. I personally think, Günther Jauch and the North German Broadcasting Corporation should voluntarily leave the euro zone. In one year Günther Jauch makes as much cash as the tax office in Athens. Financially he’s very close to the Greeks. Well, I would even say, he earns more money than whole Greece. But it really strikes a chord. That’s how we Germans work. Devastating Europe two times within a century, but going nuts when somebody’s giving us the finger. Objective debating utterly out of question. When a Greeks gives us the finger, we totally freak out. Cause we’re Germans. Dear editorial staff of GÜNTHER JAUCH, Yanis Varoufakis is wrong, you did not falsify the footage. You simply took it out of context and gave him the runaround, so that the average german could pursue their passion for being angered. „Foreigner. Out of Europe you go!“ „He’s poor and takes our money. That’s just not possible! We are the bosses in here!„ That’s what you did. The rest is our effort. We tried several parts, but this one scene fits best. I’ve been waiting for a call since sunday, waiting for someone asking if we are responsible for this. Did anybody call? Nobody did! Could anyone have figured out, that the video is fake? Certainly! If anybody had called. But no one did. Thank you, GÜNTHER JAUCH. the liar Thank you, Subversive Zagreb! See you next year!