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A television presenter has been dismissed over a low-cut top she wore on a television program, following criticism from ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Hüseyin Çelik.

Çelik criticized the presenter’s costume during a TV program, without giving a name, saying he found the dress “extreme” because of its open cleavage.

“We don’t intervene against anyone, but this is too much. It is unacceptable,” he said.

Following Çelik’s remarks, it was revealed that the host in question was Gözde Kansu, who was taking part on the show “Veliaht” on the ATV station, and rumors spread that she had been fired.

The show’s producer, Caner Erdem, previously said nothing had been resolved, adding that Kansu might not take part in the program next week "due to her busy schedule." 

However, after discussions between the channel and the producer, Kansu’s dismissal was confirmed on Oct. 8.

The company that produces the show released a statement on Oct. 9, denying that Kansu was fired due to her low-cut dress.

The company said it no longer wanted to work with Kansu after the first episode because her way of presentation and style was not in line with the show’s aims, the statement said.

Çelik said that the discussions following his remarks were “ill-intended.”

“I never named a show or a person,” he wrote on his Twitter account. “It was the media who alleged the names. This is a general sensitivity.”

Çelik also said it was his fundamental right to express his opinion on issues as an individual, viewer and politician.


October/08/2013

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john albay

10/17/2013 9:22:52 AM

I just wish that the goverement had more important things to worry about. The quicker the AK party is voted out of power the better,but the problem remains,who else can we vote for? Who care what the pretty ladies has(or has not) on,if this fool does not like her dress,then change the chanel,I hope she get an ever better job with more money on another TV station.

Hans-Joachim "Terrorist" Zierke

10/13/2013 12:09:40 AM

The Banker, "I'll give her a job anyday with that dress on" doesn't make you look much better than Hüseyin Çelik. In fact, you both are pretty the same, you just come from a different cultural background.

Soap box

10/12/2013 11:02:28 AM

@The Banker: No No!! When you realise that Gozde was hosting a talent show and that the Celik was not even there, he happened to see it on tv an dTHEN complained....because he could. Now are you outraged?!

The Banker

10/11/2013 10:54:51 PM

I think she should have known better, you are interviewing somebody from AKP, being dismissed is very harsh thou.. Perhaps her choice of dress was not right but should not have been dismissed... Thta's wrong.... but I'm sure she will go on to do well, I'll give her a job anyday with that dress on.... very nice dress...

sexandthecity sexandthecity

10/11/2013 8:08:45 PM

Celik should be fired from the AKP for being bald!

a shah

10/11/2013 5:53:39 PM

Western women have self esteem and want to be accepted and respected . However ,the weakness of the female gender is to be noticed loved and accepted and they know what it takes to achieve this to is to be as revealing of their assets as possible .It is we the males who imposes it on them. It has nothing to do with modernity or civilizations. When religions entered the world it influenced such thinking of modesty and propriety in one's clothing. Europeans ,would enjoy the Amazon natives.

a shah

10/11/2013 5:53:37 PM

Western women have self esteem and want to be accepted and respected . However ,the weakness of the female gender is to be noticed loved and accepted and they know what it takes to achieve this to is to be as revealing of their assets as possible .It is we the males who imposes it on them. It has nothing to do with modernity or civilizations. When religions entered the world it influenced such thinking of modesty and propriety in one's clothing. Europeans ,would enjoy the Amazon natives.

Tamer Aslantas

10/11/2013 5:09:53 PM

@Ali Kanat. If you are not getting distracted by the naked newscasters it means you're either blind or attracted to the other sex. You can not tell me that you have control over your mind when looking into the bosom of an attractive woman. Saying you are not makes you infantile minded.

kara deniz

10/11/2013 3:01:34 PM

Strange idea of freedom: freedom to wear headscarves, freedom to be dismissed for your dress...

Brit in Turkey

10/11/2013 11:41:10 AM

Hans-Joachim: I wonder if a shah is talking about the women or the men in the streets of Europe.
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