Press Snippets: Making News with Tarkan
Taking a look at some of the press coverage on Tarkan sees the artist being mentioned by two columnists, while a Black sea region singer's snub of "Tarkan snubber" American soft drink giant Pepsi has been headlined as "nationalistic" by the Milliyet (see left pic).
First up from the columns is Tayfun Topal, writing for Ayakli Gazete who comments on the recent news about the customary monthly report from Turkish news ombudsman Medya Takip Merkesi (MTM), which sees Tarkan as the second most talked about Turkish celebrity in March.
"If we said 'Are you Gay?' They'd Say get Out!"
Topal takes the opportunity to have a go at the top two names on the list, namely Hülya Avşar and Tarkan.
Topal headlines his article as "If we said 'Are you Gay?' They'd Throw us Out the Country" - not only indicating the type of questions Avşar asks on her talk show, but also giving a nod to Tarkan's customary complaint that this is the only question the Turkish variety press seem to want to ask him.
Believing Avşar's success to be due to her talk show allowing her to ask "sensationalist questions" of her celebrity guests - whilst complaining that if celebrity reporters asked such questions they would be hounded - he makes fun of Tarkan by wondering why he was the second most talked about variety name in the country.
Obviously knowing it was because of his detainment by narcotics last month, Topal writes:
"[The celebrities] are always bad-mouthing the variety press. If we asked such questions they'd run us out of the country. We'd be the worst type of human going. But when they do it, it's okay. MTM also placed our local artist Tarkan in second place with a news spike of 54 percent. I really wonder why Tarkan, the man we all look up to and adore, has seen such a rise in the press.
"If there is anyone out there that knows why, please keep it to yourself," he ends his article.
A Life Changing Tarkan Song
Meanwhile from the second columnist, media portal Haberler reports that female correspondent for paper Sabah, Ayşe Özyılmazel, was this month's guest on radio station Joy Türk's "The Songs That Changed My Life" slot - where Tarkan got a mention.
The song had also been chosen by Billboard magazine as one of the top five songs of the last decade.
One-time vociferous Tarkan critic Özyılmazel, in a surprise move came out in support of Tarkan last year.