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Valentina Nicolae
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Sunday, 25 November 2018

F*** Your Feelings – From Heartbreak To Trump

Producer Nick van der Kolk says about Love + Radio that you’ve never heard anything like it. You’re probably thinking you’ve heard that a million times before, but I assure you, this show delivers on the promise. It features “in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime.” From interviews with paedophiles to a teenage girl who was kidnapped by FARC in Columbia and then became friends with the guerrilla fighters to a man running a strip club out of his own home, Love + Radio explores areas that we usually prefer keeping secret.

This episode is about a guy, Evan, who’s heart was broken, but who manages to earn back a sense of masculinity by supporting Trump. Do you know those stories about, say, former neo-nazis who are portrayed gradually relinquishing their racist beliefs? This here is the opposite of that. Everything began when Evan was left by a women, for whom he had moved to Berlin, because she perceived him as being weak and dependent on her. At that time, Evan was also a convinced liberal. After the break-up, he couldn’t get over the accusations of being weak, he said to himself that she was right, he was indeed not man enough. He started working out, to gain a manly body. And for the first time, he really listened to the Republicans talking about restoring a “natural order” in the world, about the pre-defined gender roles of men and women that everyone should stick to and so on. He says he felt overwhelmed by the complexities of the world, and so he chose to see things only in black and white. There’s less fear in certainty.

I think that, in these times when it’s so easy to demonize the other and when the gap between different camps is growing wider, Love + Radio manages to do an essential thing for a future conversation: to show a humane side of the so-called Other. 

F*** Your Feelings – From Heartbreak To Trump
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