Turkish popstar Tarkan on Feb. 17 released a new song titled “Geççek” (It Will Pass). The song quickly became viral on social media and passed 4 million views on YouTube as of Feb. 18 afternoon.
Fans of Tarkan and the opposition embraced the song as a protest song against the ruling government in Turkey.
The lyrics of the song read, “It will pass, of course, this too will pass. See, you will be full of hope. Oh, we'll play and dance then. Those sunny days are very close believe me. It will go as it came. Everything has an end, this ordeal will end too. Oh, we'll play and dance then. Those sunny days are very close believe me.”
Tarkan said that he wrote the song one year ago when he was "experiencing depressive times due to the pandemic and the worrying trajectory of humanity." "I thought maybe this song would console us a little, give us morale and hope," the megastar said.
However, many people pointed to the political nature of the song.
“Most of it is gone; we are almost there,” the opposition center-right İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener wrote on Twitter, sharing a line of the song.
Famous comedian Şahan Gökbakar said that everyone can interpret the song in their own way, as some have understood it being related to the pandemic or the current political atmosphere. "That song is what you understand and what you feel. Do not question the artist's feelings and reasons, focus on what you feel, enjoy. Art is like that,” he tweeted.
Kimisi politik anlar, kimisi pandemi anlar, kimisi dünyadaki kötülükler anlar ve kimileri de başka şeyler. Anladığındır, hissettiğindir o şarkı senin için. Sanatçının hislerini ve sebeplerini sorgulamayın, kendi hissettiklerinize odaklanın, keyif alın. Sanat böyle birşey. #geççek— Şahan Gökbakar (@sgokbakar) February 17, 2022
On the other hand, pro-government figures heavily criticized the song and its influence.
“Lyrics written from Pennsylvania have no meaning!” Islamist daily Yeni Akit’s Ankara Representative Hacı Yakışıklı tweeted, referring to U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen whose movement is widely believed to have orchestrated the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt.
Several people then shared Yakışıklı’s older tweets from 2013, supporting Gülen and his movement.
Another pro-government columnist Murat Özer said on a live TV100 broadcast that Tarkan's song was "ordered" by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).