Sep 8, 2009

Turkey Bans Justin Timberlake

Turkey is really on a banning rampage these days. First it was the smokers. Now it's Justin Timberlake. Is there no end?

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey's state broadcasting watchdog has banned the music video for "Love Sex Magic," a duet between pop star Justin Timberlake and Ciara, due to its sexually explicit content."

Apparently the sight of Ciara licking Timberlake's ear was somehow offensive to the sensibilities of the country that immortalized the harem and the bathhouse.

What's that Pastor Niemöller?

First they came for the smokers, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a smoker. Then they came for Justin Timberlake, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t Justin Timberlake. Then they came for me, and by that time, there was no one left..."

Anyway, you (and 6 million others) can watch the "explicit video" on YouTube and ponder the state of free expression in Turkey, officially a candidate for EU membership.

[Edit: link to smokers story now fixed.]


Ern said...

It's about time someone took the initiative


Hey, you forgot to mention that Youtube is also banned in Turkey! As well as Winnie the Pooh (I hope I didn't wrote his name wrong) - not the nazi ones like in Russia, but all without any exceptions ;)

Ern said...

What did Winnie do?!


Well, actually it was Piglet's fault ;)


P.S. Change the hyperlink that "leads" to a post about the smokers. When I clicked it, it signed my out of my Google account ;)

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...


poker rakeback said...

Is Justin Timberlake really the worst thing Turkey has to worry about. This reminds me of Elvis in the 1960's, but I thought we had evolved past that.