CINEMA-TV > Watchdog fines Turkey’s ‘Desperate Housewives’ over sexual innuendo

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Turkey’s television watchdog has fined the Turkish version of the world famous Desperate Housewives series, “Umutsuz Ev Kadınları,” over an innuendo associating dessert with sex.

One of the main female characters in the serial, Gülşah, touched her husband in a recent episode while saying, “We will have dessert after dinner,” which disturbed the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK). The watchdog moved to fine the station hosting the series 115,000 Turkish Liras, (around $60,000), according to online news portal GazetePort.

“Gülşah and Kudret (her husband) decide to have a baby. Gülşah, wearing a special outfit, comes to talk to Kudret and tells him they will first have a good dinner, and then have dessert. Gülşah insinuates something other than dessert by making his hands touch her body ... Kudret says to Gülşah, ‘Let’s make a baby if the kids are not back from school.’ As Gülşah and Kudret make laughing noises under the blankets on their bed, their daughter Alara comes into the room and asks, ‘Can I watch mom?’” RTÜK said in its report, describing the scene that prompted the fine.

It added that the scene was “harmful to children” and “provided untimely sexual education.”


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Brit in Turkey

12/12/2013 5:38:07 PM

Correction: "peek".

Brit in Turkey

12/12/2013 5:34:47 PM

Brian: On some of the TV satellites "Arab XX" channels abound! If they can't get it legally then this is what they turn to. If those three ladies are in the show, I might just have a peak! ☺ Just joking!

Black Berry

12/11/2013 10:40:19 PM

AKP stooges making a fool of us all again. Ayse Arman beware...

Tayyar Abi

12/11/2013 9:57:55 PM

I haven't seen this show but with the caveat that I don't believe in too much censorship, If it is anything like the Real Housewives shows in America, It should be taken off the air for being a general nuisance and is as Cenk Cenk says, a lot of tripe, if not worse.

Sera Akkaya

12/11/2013 9:32:00 PM

Oh I see now....so programmes like Arka Sokaklar and Sakarya Fırat which have gun violence in abundance and other dizis where domestic violence is rife are perfectly acceptable...and then hinting at the idea of sex (which if I'm not mistaken, is how said children are all created) is punishable by a fine for 'harming' them. Hello!!! Everybody does it...kids should be in bed by then anyway and as someone else said, there is an off button. Parents should be trusted to know their own children!

Agnes Smith

12/11/2013 6:38:14 PM


mara mcglothin

12/11/2013 6:03:36 PM

Good one BRIT! Turks need to be adivsed that allowing their children to watch adult broadcasts should be the thing that is fined, and NOT the show. Spot on BRIAN!

Nadiri Başaran

12/11/2013 4:46:11 PM

Children should be in bed by this time and parents can always turn the TV off (there's a specific button to do so)

Irish Rover

12/11/2013 4:16:39 PM

uhh...who cares? The show probably conflicts with Bir Erkek, Bir Kadin so it's never on in the house.

Brian Irlanda

12/11/2013 1:36:09 PM

I take it this is a program for adults...not for kids? Do you know..these watchdogs are perverted sick individuals who are trying to make a Saudi Arabia in Turkey. This is just the Islamo-fascist AKP trying to control the lives of adult people in what is laughably called a democracy. The world hears about these decisions of course and makes Turkey look like a backward country full of stupid immature people. Of course Turkey is not like this. Unfortunately the people in charge are like this.
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