LOCAL > 'I was victimized,' says fired Turkish TV host

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‘Sacrificing me was the easiest thing. A woman again,’ Kansu says.

‘Sacrificing me was the easiest thing. A woman again,’ Kansu says.

Gözde Kansu, the television presenter who was fired from a TV show after a government official criticized her low-cut dress, said her firing was political, as nobody at her station was “willing to stand against the political will.”

“Sacrificing me was the easiest thing they could have done and they did. A woman again,” Kansu said in an interview with daily Hürriyet, speaking for the first time in public after reports of her dismissal from private broadcaster ATV surfaced.

She objected to the show producer’s claim that said they had parted ways because “her way of presentation and style was not in line with the show’s aims.”

“Look, if they didn’t like my performance they would tell me, right? They are investing a lot of money in this business. But they didn’t tell me anything. When [Hüseyin] Çelik talked, things changed,” Kansu said, insisting that her presenting had previously been praised and encouraged by the producers. “This is only the excuse. The ratings were not bad. But nobody wanted to act contrary to political will that slammed my décolleté. This is obvious,” she said.

Çelik criticized Kansu’s costume during a TV program, without giving a name, saying he found the dress “extreme” because of its open cleavage. He defended his right to express an opinion and described the discussion on the issue as “ill-intended.”


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kevin cuckow

10/12/2013 1:42:39 AM

If Gözde can be fired then the wardrobe and producers should also be fired. But more importantly. where is the support from her Union and the Channel? Cowards. Bow down to the dictators. Lets face it, If dress sense is a rationale then Erdoğan should be fired for his terrible dress sense. How can any one take any one serious when you where chequered shirts and jackets.

daniel karr

10/11/2013 1:07:47 PM

Ms.Kansu, If you are so talented and beautiful you are going to get not one, but hundreds of job offers ! , move on !

Brit in Turkey

10/11/2013 12:17:50 PM

I notice that a woman's modest cleavage is now said to "exposing her private parts".

Misses Ataturk

10/11/2013 9:19:33 AM

We support you Gözde Kansu all the way! You were treated so poorly. Celik is a complete fool. Last week we had RTE anouncing part of his 'democratic' idea that women can have the freedom to wear headscarves too if they wish. It's obvious who is gaining more freedoms here and it's not the less religious. If the over religious people think this is the way forward then shame on you - you have no respect for others who don't think the same way.

young genius

10/11/2013 6:15:41 AM

It's good that Gözde Kansu is speaking up! She needs to. She needs to make noise and make that pervert feel ashamed and give her an official apology like a real man.

Red Tail

10/10/2013 9:55:48 PM

Last week we read the school girls should no longer wear skirts since they can not walk comfortably up the stairs. Now a woman is fired because of her dress. Isnt really the problem here that some men are so overfocused on sex that they can not see a school girl in skirt without fantasising how she would look when she walks up the stairs or gettting all worked up with strange ideas because he sees woman in dress? The problem is in the head of the sexually under-stimulated viewer, not the dress.

dogan kemal ileri

10/10/2013 9:42:22 PM

cotd. then they feel compelled to curry favour with the government so as not to miss out economically which places the government and the media companies both in a conflict of interest. The opposition parties must take vigorous action against the government because the government is indirectly propagating media prejudice against their interests which in the limit must be equitable. Sadly the opposition parties are ineffective and inefficient and under-represent the people who support them. Sad.

dogan kemal ileri

10/10/2013 9:35:55 PM

The minister has the right to express himself and none of us can criticise him. But the content of his communication is abusive because he is trying to manipulate peoples tastes. In a democratic society no one would take his views to heart because no one wants to live in a nanny state. So his tweet would have made no impact whatsoever. But in Turkiye because the majority of the media owners have other divergent business interests which could be closely linked to government cotracts or favours,

Çılgın Kanarya

10/10/2013 9:08:33 PM

Yet another talented and honest person out of a job due to not conforming to the AKP's backward, Islamist agenda, and yet more spineless, gutless cowards at the top who don't have the balls to stand up for their employee. As Ms. Kansu said, they just took the easy option. Absolutely disgraceful. Çelik should resign in shame, but wait a minute, these fascists have no shame do they, so forget it.

Brit in Turkey

10/10/2013 9:00:42 PM

I'd be more worried about the boots she is wearing than the dress! 8-) Good luck young lady.
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