Liberal white men hate white men

The "crime scene" with Axel Milberg and Almila Bagriacik : Men who hate women

Nobody has to remind the female audience of this nightmare from the opening scene of the Kiel “Tatort” scene: in the evening in a parking garage, which is already poorly lit, a woman goes to her car, which is in a back corner. Suddenly some ceiling lamps go out and when she looks around she sees the shapes of men in white protective suits who are quickly approaching her. Will she still make it to the safety of her vehicle?

The "Tatort" episode "Borowski and the fear of white men" could have many titles: "Men who hate women" would certainly be just as appropriate, but that was the name of the first part of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy Swedish original. “The justified fear of women of white men” would certainly have summed up the horror that director Nicole Weegmann and screenwriter Peter Probst staged.

["Scene of the crime: Borowski and the fear of the white men", Sunday, ARD, at 8:15 pm]

Superficially, Commissioner Borowski (Axel Milberg) and his colleague Mila Sahin (Almila Bagriacik) have to investigate the murder of a young woman whose body is found on a wasteland near the port not far from a Kiel club. Before her death, the woman was incapacitated with knockout drops and brutally mistreated.

A suspect is quickly found by surveillance cameras: the relationship of the shy outsider Mario Lohse (Joseph Bundschuh) to women can only be described as disturbed. He consumes internet videos in which saviors like Hank Massmann (Arnd Klawitter) teach men like him that they are the dominant sex that has to get women back on track. Otherwise he visits internet forums in which the members call themselves “Rapesurfer” and “World Commander”. However, some traces point in a different, much more frightening direction, pointing to a concerted act of violence by such loser men. And enticed Borowski to go on an unsolicited undercover mission.

Pedagogical forefinger raised too often?

The accusation of raising the pedagogical index finger of many "crime scene" episodes is not new. Since the crime series, which is still the most watched series, often deals with current socio-political issues, this is of course not surprising. The tightrope walk becomes particularly complicated when - as in this case - an episode is brought to a point on a special date such as International Women's Day on March 8th. With “Borowski and the fear of the white men”, ARD has found the right balance between crime thriller entertainment and aspiration. Because what Borowski and Sahin uncover is anything but a platitude, despite all the TV-appropriate dramatization.

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One of the traces is the number 14 stamped into the ground at the scene of the crime. It serves as an identification mark for the scene on the right and stands for “Fourteen Words”. Translated they read "We have to secure the existence of our people and a future for the white children", where white stands for Aryan. "Fourteen Words" was brought up by neo-Nazis and racists in the USA and is now also used in right-wing European circles. Something that Borowski actor Axel Milberg had also not heard of before this “crime scene” was the expression “Incels”. The made-up word stands for “Involuntary Celibate” or translated “involuntary celibate”. “Men who feel rejected by women are radicalized in internet forums. Loners who believe that attractive partners should actually be available, ”explains Milberg. But because these "incels" are constantly being rejected, they transfer their anger to stigmatized groups such as migrants, Jews, Muslims, homosexuals or liberals - as in the attacks in Halle, Christchurch, Oslo and on the island of Utøya. Or directly against those women who they see as a threat to their male supremacy.

After this “crime scene”, a few men should know more why there are parking spaces for women in multi-storey car parks.

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