A secular cartoon crises?

by Daniella Kuzmanovic

Needless to say that visual portrayals of the founding of father of the Turkish republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, are object of scrutiny. Any portryal which may seem insensitive to the national sentiments of Turks, or disrespectful and degrading to the memory of Atatürk is obviously met with resentment and anger by many Turks. Hence, it should come as no surprise that Turks in the Netherlands have reacted to the use of the iconography of Atatürk in relation to an advertisement for a travel agency.


The picture used in the poster, which according to the newspaper is to be found in a variety of public spaces and can for example be observed while waiting for the bus, shows a Turkisk Lira bill (featuring the picture of Atatürk in the middle). Below the bill is a pair of hald covered women’s breasts. The poster is put togteher so as to look like the head and shoulders of Atatürk continues into the full bosommed woman. Let’s hope this is not the beginning of a secular cartoon crises….

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