Turkey to ban TV DATING shows in latest sign that the country is sliding towards hard-line Islam

The Turkish government is to ban several popular television dating shows which do not fit in with ‘traditions and customs’.

Matchmaking reality shows like Ne Çikarsa Bahtina (Luck of the Draw) are very popular in Turkey but there have been tens of thousands of complaints and the ruling AKP sees them as out of kilter with the Islamic values it has introduced after decades of secularism.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said: ‘There are some strange programmes that would scrap the institution of family, take away its nobility and sanctity.’

  • huron

    number three is a man

    • Could be!

      • Observer

        Are they going to replace that show with a new game show where you guess whether what is under that burkas is animal, mineral or vegetable?

  • Achmed

    There is no “hard-line” or “radical” or “moderate” Islam.

    There is only Islam and what is not Islam!

  • felis gracilis

    I sure hope they aren’t scrapping “Choose Your Goat”. We Turkish television viewers just love that one.

    • Shebel

      Not to worry.
      Turkish politicians are as One with their flock.

  • Martin B

    “…take away its nobility and sanctity”

    Nothing says nobility and sanctity like porking nine-year-olds.

  • Shebel

    I like the second to last one. .
    There is just something about her.
    I am so turned on
    I am pretty sure that she is only 4.
    Money is no object.

  • Shebel

    I am so disgusted with myself.

    Nothing under 7 for me.

    I have principles.

    Allah guides me in the Path.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Too Slow! Iran did it in under two years. Come on Erdogan!

  • Clausewitz

    Thy’re following the Iranian model for the advancement of women’s rights. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0165f4dfa8ce7ddecc30f6005197be9322934abf97f3aad665df77216b0c097d.jpg