Turkey denies Netflix series approval because of gay character

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After a gay character’s approval failed, Netflix canceled the production of a Turkish series.

It was decided not to rewrite the script and instead the production was canceled, said a person familiar with the matter to the German Press Agency on Wednesday. The Turkish Ministry of Culture has not allowed the streaming service to shoot, it said.

The series “If Only” had been canceled the day before shooting started, the screenwriter, Ece Yorenc, said in an interview with a Turkish magazine. Netflix did not officially confirm the decision, but said it would remain deeply committed to Turkish customers. In November 2019, 1.5 million people in Turkey were Netflix customers.

Gay people as well as lesbians, bisexuals, trans *, intersexuals and queers are also exposed to strong discrimination in Turkey. It was only in May that the head of the Turkish religious authority said that homosexuality brought illnesses and allowed generations to “rot”.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stood behind Erbas and said his statements were correct, but only binding on Muslims.

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