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Friday, May 28, 2010

Press Snippets: More Talking Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportsTaking a quick look at some of the press coverage surrounding Turkish megastar Tarkan sees various columnist pick up their pen to talk Tarkan (see left pic).

First up is female columnist Melis Alphan, writing for Hürriyet's variety supplement Kelebek has also come out in criticism of Demet Akalın's husband's reaction to rumours of his bisexuality in the press.

"[To distance himself from the rumours] he reminded [us] of Tarkan's photographs embracing men, and of course there was a suggestion there.

UPDATE: Pop husband dismisses claims of Tarkan talk >>

"But I never believed [the rumours] for one moment, because Turkish men publicly kiss and embrace their male friends. Men in Europe look on it as strange. But [ironically] these same Turkish men, (if not all) are to some degree homophobic.

"They look down on homosexuals, make fun of them, are frightened to death they'll be branded gay. They immediately reveal all the notches on their belt!

"Such talk makes me laugh," she says.

And in a recent column for Haberturk, Oben Budak has complained about Turkish female celebrities who are ageing ungracefully - asking when he'll see a Turkish Demi Moore - while mentioning that Turkish stars are addicted to copying most stars from America and Europe for style.

"[For example] amongst our men there's a running desire to be like Justin Timberlake. For a while everyone was wearing his hat and waistcoat ... [like] Tarkan," he writes.

Elsewhere, male pop singer Emre Altuğ has said in a report that he is currently listening Tarkan, while Bugün correspondent Aykut Işıklar has written about the Russian Red Army Choir coming to sing in Istanbul.

"There's going to a free public concert from the Red Army ... they're sure to do a rendition of Tarkan's "Şıkıdım"," he says of Tarkan's 1994 track from the album A-acayipsin.

Finally, gossip portal Habershow has reported about Tarkan's rumoured "secret love" Nil Özalp claiming that her refusal to respond to questions about her relationship with Tarkan proved that they were an item.

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