Taking the Place of Tarkan
Turkish papers Sabah and Milliyet's variety section Cadde have written about the Turkish police force's 165th anniversary ball celebrations, which took place with singers Gülben Ergen and Ferhat Göçer instead of Tarkan (see left pic).
Attended by the Turkish prime minister, too, celebrity reports have been saying for weeks that for the celebrations the police had decided to replace Tarkan, who had been set to perform for the force before narcotics police arrested him after a drugs raid.
Female singer Ergen was quoted in response to a question about replacing Tarkan that it wasn't really an issue.
"It could be me, it could be another artist. The important thing is why we are here. We are here for the families of the police," Ergen is cited to have said in Milliyet's Cadde.
Meanwhile, a celebrity portal, giving paper Vatan as its source, quoted the second artist to replace Tarkan, Göçer as saying, "Tarkan went through an upsetting ordeal. The invitation to perform had been made to him initially, but it wasn't to be. The invitation was made to us, and we gladly accepted."
Elsewhere, in an article by paper Vatan and carried by ekolay Spor, in asking why popular Turkish footballer Arda Turan - who became internationally renowned after playing for the Turkish national team in Euro 2008 - hasn't become a brand name like David Beckham, one of the responders talks Tarkan.
"There is no one that has become a brand name outside of Turkey. Tarkan tried, but he couldn't do it," the article writes.