Do you want to name your child Adolf?

Florian David Fitz (47) began his television career in 1999 in the series “Der Bulle von Tölz”. Born in Munich, he has also been successful in cinemas since films like “Men’s Hearts” (2009) and “Vincent will Meer” (2010). Can you call your child Adolf or not – in the social comedy “Der Vorname” (July 25, 20.15, ARD), in which he plays, a dispute arises that threatens to tear a family apart. In October, the sequel “Der Nachname” will be shown in cinemas.

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Sir. Fitz, “The first name” is about whether you can call your child Adolf.

By law you can. From a moral point of view, however, it is a completely different matter. So would I name my child Adolf? Absolutely not! (laughing)

Our language is changing. What could be said yesterday is politically incorrect today. How do you handle it?

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I have the feeling that just a bit of differentiation is missing. One could simply ask: Do we have the same goal? Then one could shorten the debate and say: Let’s treat each other sensitively and politely. No one can have a problem with that. But the matter has become so ideological that people demonize those who do not share their own resources. And then one side tears itself into trench warfare over single words.

A spicy dinner in “Der Vorname” (from left to right): René (Justus von Dohnányi), Stephan (Christoph Maria Herbst), Elisabeth (Caroline Peters), Thomas (Florian David Fitz) and Anna (Janina Uhse) collide.

The French Revolution, which stands for equality, fraternity and liberty, also achieved these goals with “virtuous terror”. The Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, once used this expression to characterize the current discussion.

We do not even need to go back to the French Revolution, it is enough to recall the student riots of the 1960s. They have also ideologized themselves and torn themselves apart. Or if we take Trump and the Christian fundamentalists in the USA – how does it relate? A guy who rejects all morality and is still proud of it. And evangelicals would rather vote for him than the Democratic competitor. How can anyone believe in Jesus who preaches forgiveness and be pro-American gun control and the death penalty? Humans are very flexible. Any good idea can become rotten when it becomes ideological. And the digital revolution has fueled all these discussions.

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The film “The First Name” also shows that even the deepest human bonds are not immune to the destructive “What I’ve always wanted to say to you”.

But shouldn’t you make more friends? That would be too fatalistic a worldview for me. Basically, we are adults as children. Sometimes we push the other child, sometimes we want something for ourselves that someone else has. But we also share our chocolate with the other child or we comfort it when it is sad because – hopefully – thanks to our upbringing we are socially acceptable beings.

But can there be a comeback when my best friend brings down my whole life plan?

It is indeed a very difficult question. You saw it in America: Friendships, even families, broke up over the question of whether or not Trump could be elected. Deep fissures opened at that time. Perhaps in a very good friendship one has to be magnanimous enough to ignore subjects to some extent. Not that I could. (laughs)

Where is the limit?

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Difficult. I have an uncle who denied the Holocaust. What are you doing there? Do you ignore the person, try to hush up the subject, put it on the line? You can’t choose your family, unlike friends. Very difficult. Or let’s take climate change, which many deny. Maybe in a way we are wired like animals after all and only perceive what is happening right in front of our eyes. When our forests burn, we do something about it locally, but anything beyond that often seems too abstract for us. It may sound very culturally pessimistic, but I sometimes have the feeling that we are inadvertently overcoming the values ​​of the Enlightenment. We are rational, but still far from rational beings.

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