MUSIC > Turkey's state channel warns Lebanese singer to dress appropriately


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Lebanese singer Jehan Barbur refused to attend a TRT show after she was asked to be careful about her clothes, daily Sabah reported.
The singer complained of the incident on her Twitter account, saying: "I was asked to be a guest on one of TRT's channels. But I was asked to be careful about my clothes. Who do you think you are dominating?"
Barbur's press agent confirmed the incident.
"We were asked on for a show on TRT's Arabic channel," the press agent said. "The host of the show told us to be careful about the clothing, since this was an Arabic channel. And we told them that that was out of the question."
The agent also told reporters that a similar warning was made for guitarist Kemal Evrim Aslan's vocalist.
"They put a table cloth over her because her shoulders were showing," the agent said.


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Brit in Turkey

6/1/2012 7:55:22 PM

@stern fred - I'm well aware of the attitude of guest peoples in European countries where the natives' freedom makes them think they can behave as disreputably as they wish. In my own small way I'm just trying to set a good example. Miss-behave in Turkey and you are on the first plane out with no trial. That's how it should be. Why do you think we left the UK? This is one main reason amongst many.

Mork and Mindy Simpson

6/1/2012 1:44:36 PM

@Brit She is Arabic, she knows what dress code is or is not acceptable and not only that she has given interviews on other Arabic channels and they have not asked her to dress differently. So why should a TRT production seek to limit her when her own and other Arabic countries television broadcasters do not. That's the disagreement having lived in Saudi Arabia I have seen this with my own eyes.

Brit in Turkey

5/31/2012 8:01:50 PM

@Mork and Mindy Simpson and others - The article clearly states that it was a TRT Arabic channel and not one for domestic consumption. Thus the request about dress.

Rimon Tree

5/31/2012 6:50:19 PM

@ Brit in Turkey We in Europe would be grateful if you went and would tell this to the Turkish here as well!

de Wit Hans A.

5/31/2012 5:33:13 PM

@ilker avni: interesting to know that Islamic means secular too.... But Ataturk never used EVER the word Islamic or Turkey; the Muslim country, religion was not important for him anymore as it was. Always: the Republic of Turkey. Check your constitution.

mara mcglothin

5/31/2012 5:24:43 PM

ILKER If Turkey is so secular then they should not be allowed to put guidelines in place about one's dress! MS BARBUR can choose not to participate in any backward behavior. I guess Madonna won't be on the same show or Ajda as well. I guess you would be up in arms if the USA suddenly decided to pass some dresscode laws since we are seen by some as a "Christian dominated country" right?

Dilara Yıldırım

5/31/2012 4:56:47 PM

typical hypocrisy !! After all Turkey has to fit very well in the mullah eyes ..

ilker avni

5/31/2012 4:20:02 PM

@mork and mindy most people would agree Turkey is a islamic country or muslim dominated country ie the faith is of islam. @ Hans de witt Turkey is both secular and muslim country as set out by the father of Turkey. M.K.Ataturk.

charles sant

5/31/2012 3:00:23 PM

it's still a bit nippy...come on!

Mork and Mindy Simpson

5/31/2012 1:10:20 PM

@ilker. When did we become Islamic? Do you know something the other 70 million of us don't? You may wish it was so and Yes I to am a Muslim, however we are so not Islamic. I am a human being with a belief system that is private to myself. I neither seek to control nor force anyone to see the world my way. But when someone states a truth which is a lie then I feel I must challenge that always
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