ABOVE: Listen to Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc’s comments for yourself
Hundreds of Turkish women took to social media with photos of themselves smiling and laughing to protest comments made by the country’s deputy prime minister that “women should not laugh aloud in public.”
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc created a firestorm of controversy when he said refraining from laughing aloud in public is among the requirements of being an honourable woman.
Arinc made the comments during a speech about “moral corruption” at a Eid al-Fitr holiday gathering Monday.
Using the term “kahkaha” – Turkish for “laughter” – and the hashtag “Resist Laughter” #direnkahkaha, women have posted hundreds of thousands of tweets with photos of them laughing and smiling.
“It was an extremely outrageous and conservative statement,” writer Ece Temelkuran told the BBC. “My whole timeline was full of women laughing – which was extraordinary, and kind of beautiful.”
Pervin Buldan, a female politician with the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party, reportedly said “from now on, we will respond to all statements by Arınç by laughing.”
Below is some of the social media reaction to the Turkish deputy prime minister’s comments:
— Yesim Comert (@yesimcf) July 30, 2014
— MacarenaAlexanderson (@macarena_aa) July 30, 2014
— Ozge Von (@ozgevon) July 30, 2014
— SibelGul (@Sibellgul) July 30, 2014
— murat (@BenGiibson) July 28, 2014
— arya karadaş (@aryakaradas) July 28, 2014
Herkes gülsün! Ben duruma böyle güldüm:) pic.twitter.com/pRCblUZLWl
— Ece Temelkuran (@ETemelkuran) July 28, 2014
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