Jul 21, 2020

Netflix cancels Turkish show If Only in row over gay character

Netflix has cancelled a Turkish drama on the eve of filming, with its writer saying the government blocked it because it included a gay character. "Due to a gay character, permission to film the series was not granted and this is very frightening for the future," she told Turkish film website Altyazi Fasikul, according to the FT. Netflix confirmed the story's details. The deputy chairman of Turkey's ruling party, Mahir Unal, tweeted on Monday that he believed Netflix would "Show greater sensitivity to Turkish culture and art with deeper co-operation" in the future. There was speculation that another Turkish series, Love 101, which was added to Netflix in April, would feature a gay character called Osman. Netflix said in a statement: "We currently have several Turkish originals in production - with more to come - and look forward to sharing these stories with our members all around the world".

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