Sep 13 2018

Turkey fines TV channel for 'homosexual erotic dance' in Pink's video

Turkey's Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), an independent agency in charge of regulating private radio and television, has fined a TV channel for showing a music video by Pink, an American singer, for featuring "erotic dance figures of homosexual nature", Reuters said on Thursday.

The Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has fined AS TV, a local television channel broadcasting in the western industrial city of Bursa, 17,000 Turkish liras (about 2,100 £) over the video of "Secrets". 

The clip was stated to have “featured erotic dance figures of a homosexual nature” and was shown during hours when children and young people could watch and get influenced negatively by the RTÜK.

Grammy-award winning singer Pink's music video features some same-sex couples dancing. RTÜK interpreted the footage as inappropriate for children and young people.

The watchdog has been fining and censoring kissing scenes, adult language and even smoking scenes in television shows and TV series since it was granted extensive authority by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) since March 2018. 

In January, a TV station was fined nearly 1 million lira (almost 124,000 £ ) after viewers complained of “child abuse” over young girls dancing in shorts in a talent competition, Reuters wrote.