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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tarkan, a Dysfunctional Celebrity?

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportTurkish paper Bugün correspondent Aykut Işıklar, in his 30 March dated article, has mentioned Tarkan in a scathing article attacking the young celebrities he believes are representative of Turkish culture today (see left pic).

Known for usually having no love for the recording artist, Işıklar groups Tarkan amongst other popular Turkish names in areas of film and music, citing them as indicative of the problems that have brought about the destruction of the family unit in a broken down society.

"Dysfunctional Celebrities Breed a Dysfunctional Culture"

Complaining that the Turkish Press Standards Authority hasn't taken celebrity reports seriously enough to control - and have in effect given them free reign - he blames the rise of sensationalist journalism being spoon fed to the public for destroying its moral fabric.

He says: "Let them trawl through the internet and take a look at our young girls and boys. Let them feel shame for fractured our family unit.

"Although there is no need to surf the internet. Just take a look at the world today. Look at the most famous Turkish artist in Europe today! German born Sibel Kekilli... (an actress who began in the porn industry) she represents Turkish girls while saying we are becoming another "Iran" in the same breath... And (openly gay) film director Ferzan Özpetek living in Italy has become our national pride. He couldn't tell his dad he was you-know-what. And in Germany, director Fatih Akın is a separate source of pride, too. He's become an idol in the eyes of the Anatolian youth. And when you think of a singer, Tarkan is the first to come to mind.

"Take note these are all from the Sezen Aksu school of thought... I'm going to explain to you how deep the Aksu philosophy runs... of artists that hate their own people. Where are these young people's family do you reckon? From which one of our villages? What do their earrings in their ears say to you?"

Only two weeks ago, Işıklar had written an article urging Tarkan to help revive the Turkish classical genre and be a role model to inspire young artists to follow in his footsteps.

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