Turkey’s media watchdog penalises TV show for gay kissing scene

Turkey’s media watchdog has penalised a TV show for being in violation of public morality over a seconds-long kissing scene between two women.

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) took issue with a scene in FoxLife’s U.S. drama series 9-1-1, where two women locked lips for seconds, ruling to suspend the show from air for a total of five broadcasts.

The scene was penalised in line with article 32 of Law no. 6112, which grants RTÜK the right to punish violations, which constitute an offence, opposition newspaper Sözcü said.

“Featuring homosexuality cannot be a violation on its own. Homosexuality is a orientation,” RTÜK board member Faruk Bildirici, who voted against the penalty, said on Twitter.

RTÜK, which is controlled by allies of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has come under criticism for turning increasingly conservative under the rule of his Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP).