Another cultural artifact that annoys the conservative government. “Cranberry Sorbet” banned.

Enemy of life. The conservatives never miss a media artifact that gets popular.
Kızılcık şerbeti (Cranberry Sorbet) is a popular Turkish beverage made from the juice of the kızılcık fruit (Cornus mas). This fruit, also known as the cornelian cherry, is a small, sour berry that grows in temperate regions of Europe and Asia. To make the syrup, the kızılcık fruit is boiled in water and sugar until it forms a thickened liquid. The resulting syrup can be mixed with water, ice, and lemon juice to create a refreshing beverage that is served cold in the summer months. Kızılcık şerbeti is known for its tangy flavor and numerous health benefits, such as being high in antioxidants and Vitamin C. It is a traditional Turkish drink that is often enjoyed during social gatherings, family events, or just as a refreshing drink on a hot day.
But as a TV show “A love story between two extreme families with the same truth but different methods. Kızılcık şerbeti dizisi is a popular Turkish television series that revolves around the story of a family living in a village. The show takes its name from the traditional Turkish drink made from the fruit of the kızılcık tree. The series explores the themes of family, love, betrayal, and the struggle for power in a small community. It has gained a large fan following in Turkey and abroad and has been praised for its strong performances and gripping storyline. The success of the show has spawned several spin-offs and adaptations, showcasing the enduring appeal of this beloved series.

 the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), the country’s chief censor, due to scenes of violence against women in one of the episodes123. The show was also fined TRY 1.5 million (USD 77,800) for encouraging violence against women1. This decision was upheld by a court. But this ban is inconsistent and there is much violence in other TV shows that are not banned. The plot questioned some conservative subject positions and that’s why RTUK, “the Islamist gatekeeper” got angry.

The ban of the TV show “Kızılcık Şerbeti” in Turkey caused an uproar among the show’s fans, and the hashtag #KızılcıkŞerbetineDokunma [Don’t touch Cranberry Sorbet] trended on Turkish Twitter Space with fans as well as actors tweeting in support of reinstating the show1. One of the lead actresses in the show, Sıla Türkoğlu, also voiced her concerns1

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The broadcast of the TV Series “Cranberry Sorbet” which depicts the conflict between the conservative and secular circles in Turkey over the relations between the children of two families was blocked for five weeks by the men in the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) (if you do not believe, the council has eight men and one woman member). This was a first in Turkey. The reason for the blocking is “scenes of violence against women.”

In this episode of the series, the “valuable” son of the conservative family pushes the bride, Nursema, again coming from a similar economic and social group out of the window.

The censors are being criticized for covering up domestic abuse

Originally published on Global Voices


Screenshot from the TV Show Cranberry Sorbet credit’s scene taken from the official YouTube page of the TV series.

In Turkey, the drama series “Kızılcık Şerbeti” (“Cranberry Sorbet”) found itself in hot water over an episode about violence against women. The series aired on Show TV, a popular Turkish television channel, in October 2022. In the show, a well-off but deeply conservative Turkish family is challenged when their son, Fatih, marries Doga, a woman from a secular, educated family with a line of strong, independent women. The plot thickens as the families must navigate through family events and learn to live together, albeit not always in harmony.

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