Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing criticism for his remarks about the country's pop icon Sezen Aksu. Erdogan says Sezen Aksu has despised the sacred values of Islam through her song. Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk has also criticized the president's attitude towards an artist.
According to media reports, 67-year-old Sezen Aksu is facing huge opposition from the government-backed people. The protest is over one of his songs of 2017 whose lyrics mention Adam and Eve. Aksu is accused of insulting the holy couple through the song and calling them ignorant. Erdogan has criticized Aksu, saying that according to Islamic teachings, it is his duty to "cut off the tongue of anyone who insults the first Prophet Adam." He has crossed the boundaries from the words used for Eve. Those who do not respect them will be shown their rightful place.
Responding to Erdogan's criticism, Kerdogan's leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party, said that by attacking Aksu in such a way, Erdogan is making it a national agenda because he is now feeling helpless.