Turkey removes bust of Ottoman figure over resemblance to ‘Ertuğrul’ actor

A Turkish municipality in the northern province of Ordu has removed the bust of a leading Ottoman Empire figure following a nationwide debate over its resemblance to a Turkish actor.

Two municipal officials were dismissed over the apparent failure of the bust, Artı Gerçek news site reported on Monday.

The bust of Ertuğrul Gazi, father of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Osman Gazi, was one of 20 busts placed in a square in front of Ordu’s city hall on June 4.

But the uncanny resemblance of the artwork to Engin Düzyatan, who plays the Ottoman leader in the internationally acclaimed Turkish drama “Resurrection Ertuğrul,” (Diriliş Ertuğrul) caused a local and social media debate.

The Ordu municipality released a statement on Monday saying it was “disturbed’’ by the resemblance to Düzyatan of the bust.

“An investigation has been launched into those responsible for negligence,’’ it said, thanking the public for their “sensitivity” on the matter.