POLITICS > PM continues to slam TV serial on Ottomans

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues his criticism of the hit a very popular Turkish TV soap opera for its portrayal of the Ottoman ruler Süleyman the Magnificent and his harem life.

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PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues his criticism on Muhteşem Yüzyıl, a popular TV show that reaches more than 150 million people in 76 countries. AA photo

PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues his criticism on Muhteşem Yüzyıl, a popular TV show that reaches more than 150 million people in 76 countries. AA photo

Erdem Güneş Erdem Güneş erdem.gunes@hdn.com.tr

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s harsh criticism of the hit Turkish TV soap opera “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (The Magnificent Century) for its portrayal of the Ottoman ruler Süleyman the Magnificent and his harem life continued yesterday in a conference on innovation in Turkey.

“Some people claim that our history is nothing but wars, swords, machinations, strife and, unfortunately, harems. We will not see our history in that way despite some, who are not among us, intentionally trying to reflect it in that way,” Erdoğan said yesterday at the opening ceremony of “Innovation Week” in Istanbul.

The sharpest point of Erdoğan’s speech concerned the Byzantium Ladies “who celebrated Fatih Sultan Mehmet’s conquest of Istanbul in 1453.”

According to Erdoğan, the Ladies of Byzantium said “We desire to see the Ottoman [male] turban instead of a Cardinal’s conical hat to lead us,” when Fatih Sultan Mehmet’s armies captured Istanbul, known as Constantinople at time. “Because one of them represented justice and the other cruelty,” Erdoğan explained.

The Magnificient Century follows the lives of the Ottoman ruler Süleyman and his love for Hürrem Sultan. The show focuses more on Süleyman’s personal and palace life, portraying characters from the harem as well as the royal family.

“Those who toy with these values should be taught a lesson within the premises of the law,” Erdoğan said. Similarly, a tourism professional in the Central Anatolian province of Konya had lodged a complaint Nov. 30 at the local prosecutor’s office about the TV series, claiming that it “makes fun of historical values,” following Erdoğan’s scolding.

The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) is laying the groundwork for a law proposing a ban of the serial, according to a report by the daily Hürriyet.

The AKP’s Istanbul deputy Oktay Saral said, “The new law aims to forbid humiliation of historical figures or perversion of real facts.” The proposal covers fiction as well.


Turkey does not have enough natural resources like petrol, gold or natural gas, but it is at an advantage in the long run as it has a young, dynamic, productive and smart population, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday at the opening ceremony of Innovation Week.
“As the world population is aging, Turkey stands in a much more advantageous point with its dynamic and young population. The secret of success is not labor or capital or something else. Its human, if I must define it with one word,” Erdoğan said.

According to Erdoğan, “Turkish people were forced to feel an inferiority complex by foreign countries,” and Turkey’s own leaders once tried to cooperate with them.


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Chris Green

12/8/2012 1:53:26 PM

Has he nothing better to do? He seems paranoid over anything to do with the media!

ege capulcu mustafa

12/7/2012 10:08:10 PM

Yes Turkey does have a young, dynamic, productive and smart population, But someone please tell the elected Sultan that this is not enough. You need to be educated, not in religion, but the sciences. You need a atmosphere of freedom of speech and thought, to communicate ideas. He stands against all this. Someone tell me of anything invented by a Turk? We have been kept back by religious dogma for centuries and when finally Ataturk establishes the fundations to reverse this along comes PM Erdogan

american american

12/7/2012 9:45:34 PM

so what? ABORT the show?

ismail demir

12/7/2012 6:25:32 PM

Western funded media in Turkey try to force inferiority complex to people by vomitting hate to Turks.Some of the succesfull examples for them could be seen in Hurriyet daily news commenters whose write '"what western people think about Turkey if Turkey does that does this" below the every news.State has right to interfere media, if it disturb the majority of the society.(by the way I am thinking soap opera portrayed Suleyman the magnificent more positive than reality)

Brian Irlanda

12/7/2012 6:21:03 PM

Has he lost his mind?

mara mcglothin

12/7/2012 4:36:40 PM

Spot on! JRC You can't make anyone feel inferior unless they are already threatened. That is why the esteemed PM feels the need to bluster and make backward statements. Doesn't he have better things to do? Really?

Turk down under

12/7/2012 4:06:00 PM

If he would've said this before the last elections he wouldn't have been re elected. Nobody messes with Turkiyes prime time! He is a laughing stock and I'd laugh too if the prospect of him being president wasn't so depressing! I agree with Mr. Kanli. The Ottoman's were more tolerant!

Red Tail

12/7/2012 2:42:47 PM

Instead of slamming TV series, why can he not just do like the rest of us? Use the remote control?

Agnes Smith

12/7/2012 12:46:31 PM

Like a screaming spoilt kid he won't give in until he gets what he wants. When does work start on the Mega mosque. He won't be happy till thats up. Google Erdogan's sweet tooth. For a giggle x


12/7/2012 11:38:05 AM

“Turkish people were forced to feel an inferiority complex by foreign countries,”. How can you be forced to feel inferior? Think about it. I think he meant to say "Foreign countries ran rings around Turkish policy because its leaders were weak, corrupt, self-serving and blamed everyone else for Turkey's problems because it was easier than actually doing something to solve them", or something like that. It appears that Erdogan is a worthy successor for the huge chip carried on Turkish shoulders.
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