Turks call for Netflix boycott after rumours of gay character in new show

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04/15/2020

Rumours of a gay character in a new Turkish Netflix series, “Love 101”, have ignited calls for a boycott of the streaming service and sharp criticism from the broadcast regulator. A furore erupted after a now-deleted Twitter account @love101netflix suggested one of the main characters in the show – a story about students helping their teacher find love, which is set to air when Ramadan begins on April 24 – could be gay. “We will not tolerate broadcasts that are contrary to the national and spiritual values ​​of our society,” Ebubekir Sahin, president of the Radio and Television Supreme Council, was quoted as saying by Turkish newspaper Yeni Akit this week. Netflix Turkey did not immediately respond to requests to confirm whether @love101netflix was a fake account or whether the show included a gay character. “A lot of false information is spreading from fake accounts … believe only what you hear from us about the series and the characters, not the rumours,” Netflix Turkey said in an earlier statement.

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