Gozde Kansu was fired from her job on Turkish TV this week after she was slammed by the country’s Justice and Development Party for wearing a dress with a neckline that dipped too low for the party’s tastes.
A spokesman for the party — who did not name Kansu by name — called the dress “unacceptable,” but insisted that the organization doesn’t “intervene against anyone,” Bloomberg notes.
The music-presenter’s firing comes as the Turkey also ended a long-time ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarfs by female civil workers, a ban that dates back to the 1920s. The ban was imposed by Turkey’s founders to prevent the repression of women.
However, the government of Prime Minister , which repealed the ban, called the repeal a bid to increase democratization and freedom. Erdogan, the chairman of the Justice and Development Party, has been accused by many observers of promoting Islamic fundamentalism in Turkey, which has long enjoyed a reputation for secularism.
Kansu was employed by ATV television, which is owned by Calik Holding, whose CEO just happens to be Berat Albayrak, Erdogan’s son-in-law.