For months he was one of the most prominent figureheads of the Swiss critics of measures: comedian Marco Rima (61). During demonstrations, he himself stood on the stage and taunted the decisions of the Federal Council. In recent months, Rima, who contracted the virus himself, has withdrawn from the public eye. He only wants to be back on stage when this is possible without masks and a certificate, he wrote in an angry post on Facebook.
In an interview with “Faces and Stories” he now breaks his silence – but still does not want to distance himself from his statements.
He says: “What was good for me when you were stamped from darling to full post and received death threats …” Even before Rima can finish the sentence, moderator Patrick Karpiczenko (36) checks again whether the latter is really true. Rima confirms that he has received death threats: “The full program.”
Two years without performing
According to Rima, being in the public eye is part of it. “I used to just say that if I said ‘Seich abgloh ha’, at least it was paid for. Through the performances I got a kind of compensation for pain and suffering.” In the last two years, however, this income has also been lacking.
At the time, he also thought about what the situation would be like for a Federal Councilor or a politician. “I suddenly thought about the other side.” That hadn’t happened before.
When asked about his criticism, Rima emphasizes: “I’m not a virologist, I’m not a doctor, I’m not an epidemiologist.” He simply noticed that the gap between politicians and the population had become huge and that there was a big division.
At the same time, he once again criticized the Federal Council in the SRF interview. “For me, prevention would actually have been the task of the Federal Council.” We should have talked more about health and how we are getting through the pandemic. Vaccination, however, is not an issue for him.
No more satire
Marco Rima is trying to revive his career after masks and certificates are no longer compulsory: he is currently on tour through Switzerland. He wants to do without satire for the time being and prefers to focus on comedy. (bnr)