Netflix cancels filming in Turkey due to Gay character

According to the Financial Times, the Turkish miniseries If Only, produced by Netflix, was ostracized by the Turkish authorities, which led to the termination of filming, according to showrunner Ece Yörenç. The fact that there is gay among the five leading heroes of If Only caused a negative reaction from the authorities. At the same time, Yörenç claims that no frank or scenes with the participation of this character in the series were foreseen in any case.

Netflix did not make concessions and change the existing script, deciding to completely abandon the filming of If Only. It is curious that the work on the site has already begun, which is confirmed by the photos published by the actress Özge Özpirinçci. At the same time, the American streaming service compensated for the losses incurred by the Turkish studio Ay Yapim. Despite the conflict with local authorities, Netflix announced its intention to continue collaborating with Turkish filmmakers.

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, represented by one of its members, confirmed that If Only was denied permission to continue filming:

Are we expected to collectively apologize to Netflix? Or what should we do? Are we obligated to agree with everything Netflix does, accept the standards they promote? Don’t we have the right to have our own opinion on certain issues?