« Censoring Steinbeck in 2012 is not a human thing to do: Culture Minister » – Hürriyet Daily News

Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay while responding to questions from the Association of Diplomacy Correspondents in Ankara. AA photo. Source : Hürriyet Daily News

« Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay has harshly criticized the demand from the İzmir Education Directorate to censor a number of « immoral » parts of John Steinbeck’s famous novel, « Of Mice and Men. », daily Hürriyet has reported. […]

Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay also responded to questions regarding the soap opera « Muhteşem Yüzyıl » (The Magnificent Century), which was recently harshly criticized by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

« The Magnificent Süleyman is doubtless was world emperor. But he was slave of his love at the same time, and this is a real story, not fiction. If this story had been filmed as an international project it could have shaken the world, but it disappointed me, » Günay said.

« Even before the prime minister’s criticism I also thought the scenario had been written a bit carelessly, » he added.

Erdoğan had criticized the series for its showing of sixteenth century Ottoman Emperor Süleyman the Magnificent in the palace with women in many scenes. He said this misrepresented Süleyman and invited prosecutors to sue it.

Source : Hürriyet


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