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This week in Turkey's hate speech parade

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27.11.2020

No one is surprised when they hear hate speech from politicians in Turkey. Offensive comments about women, LGBTIQ people, Jews, Armenians, Kurds, Greeks, and Alevis are standard fare. Every now and then, beloved celebrities also come out of nowhere to jump on the hate parade.

Yonca Evcimik was a famous singer and actress in the 1990s. You might remember her from such pop hits as “Abone” and her role in the teen TV series “Çılgın Bediş.” This Nov. 25 was International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and while nobody asked the pop singer for her perspective on the terrible rates of femicide in Turkey, Evcimik decided to weigh in anyway. And with a rap song, no less. On the surface, the music video for “Ayıp Şeyler” (Shameful Things) seems to show support for Turkey’s feminist movement. It features footage from Istanbul’s massive Women’s Day protests. Yet the song’s lyrics give an entirely different message.

“Ayıp Şeyler” is centered on the idea of honor and morality. It suggests that women experience violence because they don’t protect their virtue. At one point, Evcimik raps: “If you open up what is private, of course they’ll enter.” She describes women as “oppressed and letting themselves be oppressed” and goes on to ask: “Haven’t we suffered enough? Stand tall and be virtuous.” Unsurprisingly, Evimcik was........

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