June 24, 2016

Turkish President Gollum Convicts Man For Depicting Him As Erdogan

Rifat Cetin, the Turkish man who was arrested for depicting President Erdogan as Gollum from Lord of the Rings, was convicted and sentenced to a year in jail. It begs the question: is Turkey even trying to get in the EU anymore? Erdogan gave a speech yesterday arguing that the EU rejects Turkey’s inclusion because of its Muslim identity, and while Islamophobia does play a huge factor, the government’s refusal to lift censorship laws and its insistence on jailing all of its critics doesn’t exactly help. World renowned for his sense of humor, Erdogan has opened cases against nearly 2,000 people for insulting him, from German comedians to small children. Clearly his desire for the ring has distorted his mind. 

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