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Monday, June 14, 2010

Press Snippets: Tarkan as Subject Matter

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Zaman Online has managed to add Tarkan's name in an article about drugs, wanting to continue its efforts to portray Tarkan as a drug user.

Talking to Istanbul's Deputy Chief of Police and Head of Narcotics, Mehmet Likoğlu, on the issue of drugs in the big city, the reports talks about celebrities "like Tarkan" that have gotten mixed up with drugs.

Likoğlu suggests it's a matter of celebrities being able to get everything they want, and not being able to keep their desires under control that makes them search for alternative means, Zaman Onine writes.

Elsewhere, columnists in paper Hürriyet have mentioned Tarkan, with Cengiz Semercioğlu talking briefly about Tarkan on the subject of artists giving stadium-sized shows in Turkey, and variety reporter Onur Baştürk talking about the recent book dispute.

"Can a book be written about the anatomy of stardom from the autopsy of one star? It can. But can this be a thesis? Of course, why not?" Baştürk says, pointing to the disputed book as an example.

"As soon as the book was published, it attracted Tarkan's attention and he wanted to ban it immediately, because of the parts about his sexuality...

"When in all honesty, there was nothing to be angry about. All [the author] did was to academically "read" the image (consciously or subconsciously) that Tarkan was portraying to the public. And at the same time investigate the relationship between the public and a celebrity.

"Whether the book was successful is another matter. If you ask me, it was middle of the road. It was nothing to go crazy over. However, when Tarkan wanted to "ban the book" its worth went up.

"And the book's publisher took the case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights. The result: [The publisher] won the case. Naturally.

"This is what happens if you exaggerate the issue, what can I say..."

And talking of the İnönü Stadium in Istanbul where Tarkan had performed to capacity crowds in the Nineties, Semercioğlu writes, "Who has the guts to give a stadium concert in Turkey? Count all the celebrities you know, which one of them can fill a huge stadium?

"Even Tarkan who is the most likely to do this, won't dare attempt it. It's impossible, because no one will take that risk any more."

Meanwhile, Turkish rocker Murat Kekilli in his column for Haber Aktuel takes a stab at fame and famous people, complaining about stars like Tarkan hiding themselves away, but that it is his fans who make him this way.

"However we are, our Prime Minister will be that way, too," he says.

And finally, a look at tweets from Twitter making the rounds about Tarkan sees two posts of interest.

While Turkish-born Armenian singer Rober Hatemo - having been lucky enough to listen to two of Tarkan's unreleased songs - writes the 2010 album is on the way and he is sure it will be great, another tweeter posts that the Turkish megastar's "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike") is playing in the town where the singer spent his teenage years.

"Tarkan's song ... is playing out over Karamürsel bay, in the same place where 20 years ago Tarkan and his friends would hang out..." Birol Akbaba tweets.

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