Bulent Ersoy And Turkey’s Growing Pains

I found the above news article from today’s Daily Shopper newspaper about Turkish singer Bulent Ersoy notable for two reasons:

1) The story is another example of Turkey’s immaturity and slow development as a democratic nation. Turkey will never reach its huge potential until a) she gives greater value to freedom of speech and b) her military’s political powers are curtailed.

2) The article does not mention or focus on the fact that Bulent is a transsexual and instead sticks the relevant facts (something odd for a tabloid paper).

The BBC has more on the story.