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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Tarkan Attacks Turkish Media Terror

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Tarkan in Taraf paper

Tarkan has finally begun to update his official site to inform his fans about his "side of the story" regarding the increasing animosity between the Turkish press and the artist, which has risen to dangerous new heights straight after the release of his 2007 album Metamorfoz.

Tarkan Deluxe had reported that prior to the recording of the end-of-year show for TRT, which is scheduled to be broadcast tomorrow evening, a fight had broken out between different security personnel. According to the mails Tarkan Deluxe has received about the matter, so much happened on that unfortunate night that Tarkan will need to re-film some of the show again today.

Media Blockade

There had also been a media frenzy after the filming of the event, when Tarkan refusing to oblige reporters with an interview, waited in his vehicle as his security team tried to make an exit through the paparazzi that had barricaded the singer's way.

The main evening's news yesterday on most TV channels tried to report the story as Tarkan's bodyguards attacking the press. Others tried to report it in a more objective way, detailing the incident as being instigated by a member of the paparazzi that began to shout out rude remarks to Tarkan, which finally led to Tarkan's security team being heavy handed with the reporters.

As Tarkan's way home was blockaded, he and his girlfriend Bilge Öztürk were forced to seek sanctuary at Les Ottomans Hotel for the night.

In an unprecedented move, Tarkan has responded by releasing a newspaper paper interview with him on his official site, which ran today in Turkish paper Taraf about the media incident on 28 December (see top pic).

Tarkan Deluxe had ran an earlier article about the dangerous antics of the paparazzi, and reported how Turkish pop diva Sezen Aksu had requested the celebrity press not to give into malice in regards to Tarkan. You can watch video footage of the media frenzy aired on Turkish TV stations yesterday evening by clicking here.

Media Mafia

Revealing that it was the press that had actually acted heavy-handedly, by even menacing a few of the fans that had attended that evening's filming, Tarkan expressed his shock and anger at witnessing the reporters force his fans off the road and menace them to female journalist Elif Kutlu.

"At one time, as we were waiting in the traffic, a group of fans from the [TRT] concert managed to pull up alongside our vehicle with theirs, they were playing our songs and calling out to us. Then I was witness to something that filled me with horror. A few of the paparazzi came out of their vehicle and threatened them ... I was so upset, what right had they, [my fans] were only trying to show their love for me."

The artist also went on to detail a horrifying chase, with the paparazzi hounded their vehicle all the way back to his home, blowing their car horns and forcing them to drive dangerously. Tarkan reached his home only to find that some reporters had arrived ahead of them and blocked his front entrance.

Kutlu's article in Taraf drew similarities to what happened to Tarkan that evening with Lady Diana's death in Paris, where she had been relentlessly pursued by reporters seconds before her vehicle had fatally crashed.

She suggests that in the nature of celebrity, there is a strong need to dismantle significant parts of the culture for re-examination and asks in her piece of her profession when this "media terrorism" will end.

You can read the report, in full and in English, at Tarkan Translations.

Taraf is a new paper, which opened its doors in November 2007.

Album is Panned by Music Critics

Amidst its early sales success, the album continues to be slated by music critics in the Turkish press.

The reporter that had once called Tarkan "Turkey's Last Greatest Star", Mehmet Tez has panned the singer's 2007 contribution in his column for Sabah. Describing it as a "clichéd" work that has fallen too far under the influence of what Britney Spears would sound like had she turned to rock music, he does however mention three songs as worthy of note - "Vay Anam Vay", "Arada Bir" and "Pare Pare" - but doesn't believe this album is a good development in Tarkan's music as a whole.

Meanwhile, in his recent article for paper Hürriyet, Onur Baştürk lands a more scathing attack on Tarkan's latest contribution to Turkish music. Suggesting that some will like what Tarkan does no matter how bad it is simply because of who he is - or the sound of his voice - the journalist claims that if anyone else were to sing his 2007 songs they wouldn't be as popular.

Even though he admits to the album initially being sold quicker than it was printed, he puts forward the view that the songs have not been taken to heart by many, and disputes this will be an album that is appreciated over time.

Baştürk had recently chronicled a history of Tarkan's sexy imagery, and had leaked the lyrics to Sezen Aksu's song "Nezaket" in his September column, which had been removed from Tarkan's 2007 album Metamorfoz. He had also interviewed the artist on the eve of the 2003 release of Dudu for Aktüel magazine.

In addition to the papers, Turkish news channel NTV's weekly music slot "Gece Gündüz" (Night & Day) also ran a piece on Tarkan after the release of the album, on 26 December, in which popular music critic Naim Dilmener found Tarkan's 2007 album his "most average work" to date.

You can watch the show discuss Tarkan's 2007 image and album, with English subtitles, below.

Watch NTV's "Gece Gündüz" slot on Tarkan

"Gece Gündüz" on Tarkan's 2007 Album and Image
(NTV) (Aired on various dates: 26 December, 2007)

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Length: 7:32
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Language: Turkish (with English subtitles)

Notes: NTV's weekly music show "Gece Gündüz" discusses Tarkan's 2007 image and album.

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Tarkan Pinched!

But it's not all gloom for Tarkan in the press.

Even though some fashionistas might not have liked Tarkan's latest image, some have expressed that Tarkan looks "cool", his beard looks the most beautiful, and would look "sexy in a sack", while one mature Turkish actress recently revealed her fondness of the star.

Explaining the time she got her daughters to help her backstage after a Tarkan concert, the actress describes how she had kept pinching "the sweet thing" - hastening to add, however, that Tarkan's girlfriend Öztürk is her lawyer, too.

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