Turkey’s ‘Madonna’ arrested for deriding Erdogan’s religious school network

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Turkey has ordered the arrest of one of its top pop singers for allegedly insulting the country’s Islamic high school system, which was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Singer, songwriter and dancer Gulsen, 46, who is seen by many as Turkish Madonna, was ordered by an Istanbul court on Thursday, 25 August, after a video clip of a video clip of remarks made about a band or crew member became the subject of It went viral on social media during a performance in April.

He was remanded in custody pending further investigation on charges of allegedly “inciting hatred and enmity” for the band member to say: “He attended Imam Hatip schools. That’s where the perversion comes from.” Is.”

Erdogan attended the religiously oriented Imam Hatip school, as did many of his associates and pillars of the country’s powerful business elite.

Gulsen has apologized for the remarks, and told his several million followers on Instagram and Twitter that he did not mean to cause harm or divestment after news of his arrest order surfaced.

The topic of perversion in Imam Hatip schools is sensitive as several sexual abuse scandals have emerged from the network, which has been laundered with public money under the conservative 20-year rule of the Justice and Development Party.

Gulsen Beraktar Kolakoglu has been an iconic figure in Turkish pop for decades, and is known for his revealing costumes, unrestrained sexuality, extravagant live performances and colorful music videos. His songs are famous among Turks.

Video broadcast on Thursday evening showed huge crowds attending a match at Fenerbahçe, one of Turkey’s main football clubs, singing one of its hits in solidarity.

“He’s a really canonical figure,” said Kenan Behzat Sharp, a scholar who focuses on pop culture and politics at the American Research Institute in Istanbul. “She’s been making music since the 1990s and is an institution. She has a lot of songs that everyone in the country knows. You could say she’s like a Turkish Madonna, who is known for her stage presence and costumes and sexual openness. Known for.

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Further angering Erdogan’s supporters, Gulsen is a strong advocate of LGBT+ rights and has raised the flag of pride during her performance. She has doubled down when religious conservatives attempt to shame her for her costumes and stage antics, while also being a single mom mother.

“She made a well-written statement that she might be a mother and daughter, but none of these adjectives fully describe who she was,” Sharpe said. “She holds her middle finger against them, waving LGBT flags at their concerts. She’s a woman who knows her mind and doesn’t hold back.”

The video for Gulsen’s 2022 single ‘Lollipop’ shows him handcuffed and jailed.

Ironically, one of Gulsen’s most recent video clip, She is handcuffed and behind bars by prison guards in a pink uniform for the song “Lollipop”.

Legal experts have said that Gulsen may not be jailed, even if he is convicted of the charges and sentencing. The arrest, however, prompted outrage among his supporters and secular Turks opposed to Erdogan, who are lagging behind in the elections due to the poor state of Turkey’s economy.

A user on the messaging platform Eksi Sozluk said, “There is no such arrest in any country in the world.” “It only happens in a Banana Republic.”

Others note that a cleric, in another video that recently went viral, said that those who do not pray regularly could be killed had they not been arrested.

Sharp suggested that the arrest, which followed a brutal social media campaign by Erdogan supporters calling on the judiciary to act, could help shift political discourse away from the economy and towards the cultural realm where the AKP is feeling Maybe he has the upper hand.

“It’s a way to garner support and push the debate into more comfortable territory, away from the economy and corruption,” he said. “It is a safe ground for them. The more the opposition rallies around Gulsen, the more conservative sections of society will say if the opposition wins, this is what Turkey will be: half-naked women and LGBT flags. ,

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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