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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Press Snippets: Minority Critics Talk Back

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Celebrity Portal Slams Tarkan

Screencap of reportTurkish gossip portal Habershow has been one of the few to publish a negative write-up on Tarkan ever since the Turkish megastar released his "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike") online at

Headlined as "Where's that old Tarkan style?" the article covers Tarkan's 16th Kral VMAs performance.

"Someone needs to remind Tarkan who he is. What does he look like with his new image and song?

"Tarkan appeared for the first time at Kral TV's awards night after being "lost" for a long time.

"Appearing on stage after those difficult days is an event and newsworthy in itself really. Plus the fact that he was going to sing his latest song was attention-grabbing, too.

"The night begun, Tarkan came on stage and sang his song "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu". We taped the performance from beginning to end. We watched it again the minute it ended.

"We listened to the song over and over again as though it were the song that was going to represent us at the Eurovision Song Contest. Of course as we did so, we watched Tarkan countless times, too.

"It's real clear that the song has a problem "leaving a mark". It doesn't stay in the mind on first hearing, it isn't enjoyable. "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" isn't a bad song really, but we only get to enjoy it after listening to it over and over again.

"In short, it isn't a Tarkan song. A Tarkan song slams into the brain the first time you listen to it. We hope Tarkan doesn't think of using this song as his "big comeback". We hope he makes a song that can be called a "Tarkan hit".

"On to his image...

"As though we were saying "Where's the good old days" these words came out of our mouths, "Where's that old Tarkan style".

"We want to call out to Tarkan with the [leading Turkish political party] AKP's slogan, "You're Tarkan, think big"... It's a good image for an everyday pop singer, but unfortunately for Tarkan it doesn't rise above mediocre. For example, his hair resembles the style he wore a few albums back.

"He must do something greater to [change] himself. For example he must dance on stage, he must make it fun, have fun [on stage]. He still hasn't been able to shake off the dead weights of recent events, and this doesn't suit him."

"Drug Icon Tarkan"

Screencap of reportColumnist Murat Güreş, writing for local news portal Gaziantep Haberler in south-central Turkey, has taken an unfair dig at the Turkish megastar by calling him a drug addict.

Alhough Tarkan's lawyer has said Tarkan is innocent of recent drug charges against him, columnist Güreş has called Tarkan a drug addict in an article that complains about the youth of today in Turkey.

Talking about the 19 May festivities in Turkey that celebrates Youth and Sports Day, Güreş opines that this a day for "youth that messes around on Facebook, Twitter and the like...

"[Of youth that] Makes internet friends, internet love, internet sex, webcams and weird stuff like that a part of their lifestyle... Wears low waist [jeans], earrings, long hair, tattoos, piercings [and follows] icons like Lady Gaga ... and drug addict Tarkan."

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