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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Turkish Court Wants Experts to Determine if Comparing Erdoğan to Gollum is an Insult

I'm not making this up. From Today's Zaman:
Because no decision was reached in the fourth hearing of a case in which Aydın-based physician Dr. Bilgin Çiftçi was accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after sharing a meme comparing Erdoğan's facial expressions to the Gollum character in the “The Lord of the Rings” movies, a court has demanded an expert examination to investigate Gollum's character to decide whether a comparison with him is an insult.
 I wonder what they'll decide?


Anonymous said...

Insult to Erdogan or to Gollum?

Paul M said...

Erdogollum? https://twitter.com/Anon_GovWatchCA/status/672224306374553600