ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
The image used for the Wikipedia page of 'Athillas Thasos.'
Turkish social media users have started a campaign to
pass Turkish singer Atilla Taş off as a Greek after his song, “Yamyam Style” –
inspired by the global phenomenon “Gangnam Style” – caused embarrassment when
it was posted on YouTube.
People began commenting on Taş’s YouTube video,
describing him as a Greek singer and pretending to express their admiration for
him as a supposedly Greek musician with comments like “I Love Greece! I Love
Athillas Tashos!” “Greeks are very lucky, they have Athillas Thasos” “Best of
Greece,” “I love You, Greek music.”
Another video was uploaded onto YouTube introducing the
singer as “Athillas Thasos” instead of Atilla Taş.
The movement spread quickly across social media, jumping
to 9Gag and Twitter, while the hashtag #athillasthasos briefly trended
A Wikipedia page was also created for Athillas Thasos,
but administrators have since placed a large notice at the top explaining that the page is set for deletion due to its lack of citations.
Turkish social media users are continuing to comment on
As of this morning, the original “Gangnam Style” video by
South Korean rapper PSY has attracted over 457 million views on YouTube.