First it was PM Erdogan’s diatribe and court case against the wildly popular TV soap The Magnificent Century, about Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and the women in his family and harem. (I openly admit I am a fan). What’s wrong with it? In addition to the sultan overseeing his political staff and going on military campaigns, the series actually shows him having a good time; worse, it shows women having a good time. They’re all feasting, scrubbing down in the hamam, dancing, and falling in love, albeit within the otherwise narrow strictures of their lives, their many obligations, and their struggles for power. The PM, however, claims that Sultan Suleiman spent all these years on his horse, doing manly things like conquering land (not women). Never got off, not even once. One wonders how the heirs to the dynasty got there. Well, there are a lot of storks over Istanbul…!
The AKP’s next target:
Turkey’s broadcasting regulator RTUK is fining the television channel CNBC-e $30,000 for insulting religious values after it aired an episode of “The Simpsons” which shows the devil asking God to make him coffee. (Click here)
Does anyone else think that the AKP’s lack of a sense of humor is funny?