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A tourism professional in the Central Anatolian province of Konya has lodged a complaint at the local prosecutor's office about the TV series “The Magnificent Century” (Muhteşem Yüzyıl), claiming that it "makes fun of historical values."
 
Faruk Bildirici stated to the Konya Courthouse that the series, which depicts the life of 16th century Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, “insults Turkish history,” misinforms citizens with fictitious incidents and misrepresents Sultan Süleyman.
 
"My little daughter is asking me whether the history books or the TV series show the reality," Bildirici said in his complaint petition.
 
He is requesting a ban on the broadcasting of The Magnificent Century and demands the opening of an investigation into the two directors, Yağmur and Durul Taylan.
 
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan harshly criticized The Magnificent Century last week for its portrayal of Süleyman the Magnificent, stirring a lively public debate on the issue. “Those who toy with these values should be taught a lesson within the premises of law," Erdoğan said.

November/30/2012

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Ali Karp

12/1/2012 2:10:38 AM

I have a very religious Bosnian friend here in the US. He prays five times a day, won't drink, will not miss a day of fasting during Ramadan. His little cute daughter is sent to the Koranic school on weekends. You get the picture. He watches this and other Turkish soap operas with almost a religious fervor as well! He, in fact, chides me for not watching them. It is not only my Bosnian friend but also a bunch of religious friends from Central Asia do the same. Go explain.

Stephen Brunette

11/30/2012 11:36:46 PM

Echoing a few posts, what is Faruk Bildirici doing allowing his "young daughter" to watch this show. Just shows you their are bad parents everywhere.

Erol Asim

11/30/2012 9:17:04 PM

Can I lodge a complaint against the person who lodged a complaint for being Ignorant? Obnoxious? and Idiotic? My three reasons out weigh the one :)

Misses Ataturk

11/30/2012 8:40:24 PM

What a joke. If the idiot dislikes the show so much WHY would he be letting his daughter watch it??! I wonder how much RTE paid this guy to say this? On facebook the show has 1.1 million 'likes' so I think these 2 men may be outnumbered. This is extremism, people!!!

Diren Sesel

11/30/2012 8:19:22 PM

The ones who are against this TV series are conservatives and fascists. not general population.

american american

11/30/2012 7:57:39 PM

what happens when someone's kid asks if the science book or the holy book is the reality?

Brit in Turkey

11/30/2012 5:59:24 PM

It is a strange country with strange legal ideas that allows a complaint by one person to go so far.

stella maris

11/30/2012 5:39:45 PM

You could start and send thousand of mails to the goverment officeat the ssme time to grind them to a halt.

Recep Ozel

11/30/2012 5:20:07 PM

This guy is looking for a promotion from AKP! Good career move!! One person out of 75 million lodges a complaint, wow!!!

LEVENT HUSEYIN

11/30/2012 5:03:28 PM

Most Turks who voted for The AK Party are more backward than PM Erdogan so what do we expect. 
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