Şenay Aydemir writes: It seems like Netflix, rather than providing resources to Turkey and contributing to the advancement of the sector, chooses to work with producers that already have a strong share in the market. Though the Netflix Turkey team claims they are open to all kinds of projects and ideas, they are obviously more open to certain ideas, projects and production companies.
At a time when the dark clouds of economic recession lurk on the horizon, signs of catastrophic climate change appear from the sandstorms of Ankara to the wild fires of California, and the pandemic continues to ravage the world, it makes sense that viewers are captivated by imagining what it would be like to escape to a different reality to undo present mistakes.
The Family, Labor and Social Services Ministry has applied to Turkey's media watchdog for it to adopt "necessary measures" against a new Netflix movie called Cuties, which is at the center of controversy for "sexualizing children." In a statement, the ministry said that the movie might make children "vulnerable to negligence and abuse," adding that it can have a negative impact on children's "psycho-social development."
According to Turkey's presidential spokesperson Kalın “We were told other people’s tales under the guise of modernization. Now, it’s time to write of our own tale.” Just to avoid any sensationalism, let’s put it on the record that Mr. Kalın is no lunatic. That’s why his expression of his teenage dreams of accomplishing a full back-somersault must be taken for what it’s worth.
Erdoğan government’s ability to expand its repression and go further with ever more assertiveness without facing any resistance has to do with the haplessness and perhaps deficient aptitudes of those who could check it. Cynical pundits, eager to crush opposition figures, say “you’ll see what comes next,” and they are always proven right.
Netflix has refuted claims that it will end its operations in Turkey. "We're proud of the talented individuals that we're working with. We're very excited for our projects that are currently at the process of production and that will begin shooting soon," Netflix said. "We look forward to share these stories with our members all around the world," it added.
Turkey's media watchdog Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) has signalled censorship of a scene that features two women kissing in the Netflix series The Protector. The RTÜK has the authority to control the content on Netflix as part of a regulation introduced on Aug. 1, 2019.
Earlier this week, the Turkish management of the clothing chain LC Waikiki banned LGBTQI+ symbols on their products and displays—or even anything that might be confused as an LGBTQI+ symbol. LC Waikiki’s memo comes as hate speech against LGBTQI+ people surges across Turkey. As LGBTQI+ issues grow more visible, the reaction is ever more vehement.
Ruling AKP deputy chair Mahir Ünal has said that the Turkish Netflix series 'Love 101' had initially planned to feature a gay character called “Osman.” Although the AKP deputy chair did not explicitly say why the scenario was changed at the last minute, his remarks were interpreted as the government having imposed a censorship on the show.
Erdoğan's staunch ally MHP leader Bahçeli has become angered with opposition leaders' exchanging humorous posts on Twitter referencing Netflix after Erdoğan threatened to shut down “YouTube, Twitter and Netflix” last week. Bahçeli referred to the opposition as “abasement alliance” (“zillet ittifakı” in Turkish) -- a term used by Erdoğan in several occasions during the election periods.
Streaming platform Netflix became unavailable on Turkish parliament's campus a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he wanted to shut down or restrict access to the site. Parliament staff reported that they encountered an error message when trying to access its website.
Opposition leaders respond to Erdoğan’s threat to block Netflix: Let me at least watch Dark’s last season
Turkey's opposition leaders have responded to President Erdoğan's threat to shut down "YouTube, Twitter and Netflix" with humorous posts. “I would be really hurt if you shut down Netflix without me watching the last season of Dark, Mr. Erdoğan,” İYİ Party chair Akşener wrote on Twitter, while HDP co-chair Buldan said: "We were waiting for the last season of La Casa De Papel."
Netflix has removed an episode of “Designated Survivor,” in which a fictitious Turkish president is portrayed as a villain, from its service in Turkey following a demand by the Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK). The episode in question, the seventh one of season two, is still available on Netflix in all other countries.
A Netflix production called “Love 101” about a group of high school students was criticized by Turkey’s Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) when a fake Twitter account posing as the producers hinted that one of the characters was not heterosexual, binary or cis-gendered. "We couldn’t possibly overlook any content that could badly affect the development of kids and young adults,” RTÜK Chair Ebubekir Şahin said.
Twitter has exploded after a hint that one of the main characters of the new Turkish series Netflix Aşk 101 (Love 101) will be LGBT. Twitter in Turkey on April 8 headed the hashtag #netflixadamol (which translates as "Netflix, be a man").