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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Press Snippets: Tarkan in Brief

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

In celebrity reports, newbie singer Nil Özalp - rumoured to have once been romantically involved with Tarkan - is still reported as "Tarkan's Nil" in the Turkish press.

While Pressturk reminds its readers that caught out in her bikini, beauty Özalp became famous with Tarkan, paper Posta says that "Tarkan's Nil" reportedly completed a photo shoot specially for her Twitter page.

And Tarkan has been briefly mentioned in female correspondent Ayşe Özyılmazel's column for paper Sabah.

Having released an album and recently finding herself a victim of the paparazzi lens - caught out kissing a male friend - she writes in jest about giving an answer to the celebrity media hounds on why she was kissing him by listing Tarkan's track "Şımarık" (Ölürüm Sana, 1997) as one of the options.

Writing it up in multiple choice, "[Was it because] c) at that moment Tarkan's "Kiss Kiss" song was playing on the yacht and it needed company?" she says.

Meanwhile, an online celebrity portal prints that a bar singer, who has currently gone back to university, has laid claims that he is preparing a game-talk show for Turkish TV and is adamant that Tarkan will appear as a guest.

Speaking tongue-in-cheek, the funny man is quoted as saying that he would "even scream [Tarkan's name] in the streets and outside his house if necessary."

And finally, Tarkan is included in the complaints of writers, who use the artist as a symbol for their own socio-political views.

As a right-wing Islamist female writer complains about the ills of modern society drowning out Islamic values - with subjects like Tarkan taking priority in the public eye - in Kerim Korkut's post hosted by paper Milliyet, the blogger gripes about the supremacy of humans, and nationalist ideals.

"We're unhappy about the burdens put on us. We even play the national anthem at Tarkan's concerts. As though we are [going to war]," he writes.

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