Wow: Turkish game show host defies government censorship by making every answer protest-related

posted at 10:01 pm on June 5, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

In which the Turkish Guy Smiley shows CNN how it’s done:

Perhaps one of the most striking attempts to pierce and criticize the veil of censorship on Turkish media came from a Quiz show host whose “Guess the Word” program airs. As citizens of Turkey watched with their jaws on the floor (and many standing up and clapping in front of their TV sets according to my social media feeds), he asked his quests to guess words such as “resistance,” “censorship,” twitter”, “tear gas”, and more. He finished his 70 questions with questions whose answers were “resign” and apologize.

The next day, he was not allowed to air live and his fate remains uncertain.

Hat tip, Ace, who compiles some of the best questions and answers from the game show host with “B**** of Iron.”

1- A journey undertaken to see, to have fun: GEZI –name of the park that is at the center of the protests.

4- An activity geared towards trying to change or improve a situation: A PROTEST [EYLEM]

5- A coming together around a set of ideas without being divided: UNITY

6- The metaphor for understanding what the facts are: TO WAKE UP

7- The people Mustafa Kemal Ataturk said should be “the most important representatives of human dignity and qualities, defense of nation and freedom of speeech”:YOUTH

8- The ability to make decisions according to correct, meaningful interpretation: COMMON SENSE

12-Democratic solution box: THE BALLOT BOX

14-The person that turns the right into not right and the protester into terrorist: PROVOCATEUR

22-To resist, to not give up: RESISTANCE

23-To find an event or an application as unfair, and not accept it and resist it: PROTEST

24-To be able to decide without undue pressure from outside: FREEDOM

Twitter went wild among Turkish users as the show aired.

Let’s keep host Ali Ihsan Varol in our thoughts and prayers. He told a Turkish paper that his situation is “somewhat complicated.”

The last two questions of the show:

To voluntarily give up a position: Resign

The act that makes a person bigger by asking to be forgiven for wrong actions: Apologize

The video is obviously not in English, but you can follow along with the translation a bit, here, and there’s no missing the undercurrent of emotion as Varol barely veils his intention and the contestant and audience start to realize what’s going on. I can imagine Turkish citizens standing up and cheering at their screens.

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The act that makes a person bigger by asking to be forgiven for wrong actions: Apologize

Hence the reason Obama is small…

Electrongod on June 5, 2013 at 10:03 PM

“I’ll take “Why the Religion of Peace regime wants to saw your head off?” for $1000 please…”

viking01 on June 5, 2013 at 10:05 PM

He had some brass ones.

RickB on June 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

…do they have an IRS?

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2013 at 10:08 PM

He had some brass ones.

RickB on June 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Some clanging, and perhaps lightning, involved. Brave fellow.

iurockhead on June 5, 2013 at 10:10 PM

If he is fired and/or put in prison and/or dies “mysteriously”, Obama will say he acted stupidly.

VorDaj on June 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

…do they have an IRS?

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2013 at 10:08 PM

… or a DOJ or FBI or EPA or DHS?

VorDaj on June 5, 2013 at 10:15 PM

If he is fired and/or put in prison and/or dies “mysteriously”, Obama will say he acted stupidly.

VorDaj on June 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

He’s either been put on suspension or fired (conflicting stories) and the show has been cancelled.

Obama has called his bestest friend, Erdoğan, to congratulate him on such swift action and to complain that he wish he had such power.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2013 at 10:16 PM

He had some brass ones.

RickB on June 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

I notice you using the past tense. Well, we may need some people here in the US with equally large brass ones in the not so distant future, we’ll see what happens.

Fenris on June 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Obama has called his bestest friend, Erdoğan, to congratulate him on such swift action and to complain that he wish he had such power.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2013 at 10:16 PM

During their loving phone call, Erdogan asked Obama if he could spare a few million of those hollow point rounds Obama’s DHStopo has and Obama said he would sure like to but he needs them all.

VorDaj on June 5, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Somewhere, Ataturk is smiling.

Sacramento on June 5, 2013 at 10:22 PM

dead man walking.

Axe on June 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I notice you using the past tense. Well, we may need some people here in the US with equally large brass ones in the not so distant future, we’ll see what happens.

Fenris on June 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Turkish prisons haven’t improved since Midnight Express.

RickB on June 5, 2013 at 10:24 PM

I’ll sponsor this dude to come live here if he wants, though seeds like his probably means he’s willing to fight hard to the end for his own nation.

Bishop on June 5, 2013 at 10:25 PM

WOW!

Nice job fella!!

ted c on June 5, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Turkish prisons haven’t improved since Midnight Express.

RickB on June 5, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Depressing movie that was…
But I did like the part that had some…
Well..
ahhh..mmmm
pressing against glass..

Electrongod on June 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM

MKH, you should do a write up on Jay Leno, also h/t Ace, who has a great aggregation of Leno ripping on Obama over the last two weeks.

I’d never thought I’d be saying that Jay Leno is the bravest, edgiest comedian in the U.S.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Let’s keep host Ali Ihsan Varol in our thoughts and prayers.

Done.

Fallon on June 5, 2013 at 10:32 PM

I hope this guy is going to be alright, those folks over there will make Obama look like a Piker.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2013 at 10:36 PM

This brings tears to my eyes.

Humans are meant to be free.

rockmom on June 5, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I hope this guy is going to be alright, those folks over there will make Obama look like a Piker.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Yeah. I repent. I hope he snarks right through and dies an old man in a nation he can be proud of.

Bad Axe, bad Axe. No ugly prophetic words.

Axe on June 5, 2013 at 10:38 PM

This brings tears to my eyes.

Humans are meant to be free.

rockmom on June 5, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Oh yes. This guy is the new Ataturk.

thebrokenrattle on June 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Axe on June 5, 2013 at 10:38 PM

We just don’t appreciate our right to snark. I consider it an art form, with the worse consequence an audit or phone tap, this guy could be in deep dodo.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Neat! But I think Jay Leno’s audience seemed more excited about abolishing the IRS than the Turkish game show host’s audience.

FloatingRock on June 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Depressing movie that was…
But I did like the part that had some…
Well..
ahhh..mmmm
pressing against glass..

Electrongod on June 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Georgia Morodor’s nine minute long instrumental theme wasn’t half bad, either.

Myron Falwell on June 5, 2013 at 11:09 PM

FloatingRock on June 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Sometimes I think Leno is going after Obama because NBC is his (Obama’s) network.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM

This just underscores what a bunch of whimps and hacks we have representing us on the Right among the punditry, blogosphere and talk radio. This is an object lesson in how to use media to give real voice to resistance. This guy is risking his livelihood and likely his life.

What have as far as opposition here in the States, is just a bunch of hacks who care only about ratings, and play along at opposition only as much as they have to in order to keep listeners coming back and keep blog hits up.

I think if this Turk were assassinated, his supporters wouldn’t be silent about it like our Conservative Eunuchs have been about Breitbart’s murder.

sartana on June 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM

very clever, and brave. goverments can censor things all they want to but the truth always comes out eventually. but i’m saying prayers for his safety!!

Sachiko on June 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

He puts the American “news media” to shame.

talkingpoints on June 5, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Somebody’s itching for a sitdown with the IRS.

blammm on June 5, 2013 at 11:30 PM

This is the most awesome thing.

libfreeordie on June 5, 2013 at 11:47 PM

sartana on June 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Breitbart wasn’t murdered, our punditry has limited venues and we are not Occupy but we could do more.

Cindy Munford on June 6, 2013 at 12:11 AM

I am awed by his bravery.

thuja on June 6, 2013 at 12:32 AM

You’re pathetic, Munford.

sartana on June 6, 2013 at 1:31 AM

I pray he’s alright! Really!
From a Greek no less.

Bubba Redneck on June 6, 2013 at 1:49 AM

sartana on June 6, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Agree with you on Breitbart. No one seems to notice that both he and Obama impersonator Steve Bridges died within a week of each other of unkown causes not long after another one of Obama’s barely veiled threats.

abobo on June 6, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Every time someone who has the stones and cares enough about freedom goes and does something like this it gives me hope that the human race isn’t quite over yet. Thank you, sir.

alchemist19 on June 6, 2013 at 2:18 AM

sartana on June 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM

abobo on June 6, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Welp, looks like someone cleaned out the tin foil aisle at Costco. Gotta buy in bulk!

alchemist19 on June 6, 2013 at 2:20 AM

courage, and to think about the media toads in this country.

rob verdi on June 6, 2013 at 5:26 AM

We should support Turks who do not want to be dragged back into a stone-age hell of Islamic fanaticism.

virgo on June 6, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Friends close to Breitbart acknowledged he had health conditions – that are not inconsistent with his early death.

I won’t go so far as tinfoil hat however, because with what we have learned in the last few months, it is impossible to suggest anything too outlandish this administration wouldn’t do in their quest for power and control.

Zomcon JEM on June 6, 2013 at 7:57 AM

No, no, no, people.

It’s standing up to corporations and theocrats like Pat Robertson that takes real courage.

HitNRun on June 6, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Exactly how many of those close to Breitbart have come forward to elaborate on his health issues? Only Dick Whipple with that silly “Twitter Killed Breitbart” videolog he made? Do you really think that a guy who lived as public a life as Breitbart could be in such peril, yet neither Breitbart nor any of his family, friends or co-workers made this public before his death?

To this date, there has not been any public accounting of Breitbart’s health history- which could go some way to quieting down the speculation on foul play which naturally have arisen due to the circumstances surrounding his death.

In fact, people close to him have been caught lying about his health- asserting he didn’t lose weight and clean himself up as he’d supposedly been advised to do, when others who saw him just days before his death relate that he’d indeed lost a lot of weight and never looked better.

The video that Breitbart promised would bring down the Obama Administration has not been hidden away. Who’s got that video? Breitbart was one of those who was very public in pressing the LA TIMES to release the supposedly damning video of Obama at a pro-Palestinian rally, maybe we could do justice to Breitbart’s memory by being similarly dogged in pressing Breitbart’s successors into releasing the video that he seemingly was murdered in order to suppress.

sartana on June 6, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Are our ‘Occupiers’ seeing this? THIS is the stuff of protest.

MikeinPRCA on June 6, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Obama has called his bestest friend, Erdoğan, to congratulate him on such swift action and to complain that he wish he had such power.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2013 at 10:16 PM

And to boast that he will soon have that power and more, thanks to idiot American judges who are more than willing to rubber-stamp his increasingly outrageous actions, an even more foolish media that defends and applauds his every dictatorial move, and a compliant and ignorant public.

AZCoyote on June 6, 2013 at 8:38 AM

A brave and selfless act. Who in the US media would do this? Nobody.

Thicklugdonkey on June 6, 2013 at 9:36 AM

You’re pathetic, Munford.

sartana on June 6, 2013 at 1:31 AM

And you are what, drunk, high? Maybe get some sleep before you post next time.

WitchDoctor on June 6, 2013 at 10:17 AM

He had some brass ones.

RickB on June 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

But has Sheriff Joe finished his inspection of them and signed-off on their size?

Nutstuyu on June 6, 2013 at 10:19 AM

sartana on June 6, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Andrew Breitbart was not “seemingly” murdered. He was already known to have heart issues, and he died of the #3 killer of men in his age group.

As for the suggestion that a video of Obama at a pro-Palestinian rally would “bring down the Obama administration”, if an unemployment rate near 8% didn’t do it what makes anyone believe that video (if it even exists) would be damaging enough for someone in the government to order a hit? Do low information voters even know what a Palestinian is? Obama snubs Israel all the time; that video would be fitting a pattern, not breaking news. It’s not like every hyped-up conservative video release pans out either, especially to the point murders and coverups are being ordered. Back in October of 2012 Fox and Drudge produced that 2007 video of Obama singing the praises of Jeremiah Wright and saying we don’t need more highways out to the suburbs but instead need to invest in minority-owned businesses and that was a giant nothingburger with the voters.

Then there’s the matter of the target. Breitbart was a name in the conservative media but he was far from the biggest or most powerful. If you’re going to order a murder you’re wasting it on Breitbart. Rush Limbaugh has been doing it longer, has a larger audience, is way more effective and was the man who gave birth to talk radio. If someone in the administration actually thought to themselves “Who in the conservative media should we kill to ensure our re-election?” then El Rushbo would be the primary target. Roger Ailes, Beck, even Palin, were larger threats.

And of course if there were any real, solid evidence at all to indicate Breitbart was murdered then some conservative news organization like, I don’t know, BREITBART NEWS, would have looked into it.

So to sum it up, there is no evidence that Andrew Breitbart was the victim of a politically-motivated murder, nor is there a logical reason to think he was. And if you believe in secret government conspiracies to murder people that don’t make sense and don’t have any evidence to support them then you’re in the tin foil hat brigade. QED.

alchemist19 on June 6, 2013 at 12:51 PM