Turkish women post smiling selfies after deputy PM Bulent Arinc says they should ‘not laugh in public’


National Post | News

Defiant Turkish women are flooding social media with photos of themselves smiling and laughing to protest “outrageous” comments made by their deputy prime minister.

Bulent Arinc touched off a deluge of smiling selfies when he said women should not laugh out loud in public during a speech about “moral corruption” at a Eid al-Fitr holiday gathering Monday.

“[The woman] will know what is haram and not haram,” Arinc said according to Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News. “She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness.”

In the past two days, thousands of women from around the world have responded to Arinc’s statement by sharing cheerful photos of themselves under the Turkish hashtags kahkaha (laugh) and direnkahkaha (resist laugh).

“It was an extremely outrageous and conservative statement,” author Ece Temelkuran told the BBC. The political commentator was one of the first…

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