Well known German Turkish crime fiction writer Akif Pirinçci (his bestseller Felidae is translated into English, spawned several sequels and was also made into a movie) went on stage in Dresden during a recent PEGIDA (German far right movement) demonstration last week and bemoaned the fact that Germany’s concentration camps were closed, suggesting they’d be good places to send the current wave of refugees streaming into Germany, while referring to those unfortunates as a Muslim garbage heap.
The organizers of the demo did not stop him and the crowd of 20.000 racist fucktards who had traveled from all over the country to bathe in a verbal orgy of abuse and hatred of foreigners duly applauded (he was not booed off stage as has been suggested in some media).
The leader of PEGIDA Lutz Bachmann, himself a far right scumbag in sheep’s clothing, has since apologized for not intervening and letting Pirinçci finish his hate speech, presumably to cover his own extremist arse from prosecution. It remains to be seen whether the Pirinçci will be prosecuted for his latest outbursts.
Pirinçci is also on record for vile anti-gay rants, for calling female asylum seekers fugitive sluts and for naming Germany’s Green Party as child fuckers. Nice guy.
Random House did the right thing and immediately stopped selling all his books. “The protection of democracy and human rights is for us a key part of our publishing creativity, as well as respect for traditions and the desire for cultural diversity,” the publisher stated on their website, stating that Pirincci’s statements “are conflicting to these values.”
Several old friends and acquaintances of mine in Bangkok have recently started voicing similar opinions both on facebook and in abusive private messages. Friends no more of course. In one case at least, this has been extremely painful as I worked with that person for a decade and respect their work.
But there is neither room for empathy nor forgiveness for racists, whether they are celebrated crime fiction authors or some Joe Public ranting on a digital street corner.
You just need to shut up and disappear.