Same-sex couples dancing in music videos are typically no big deal in American media. Pink's newest video, for the track Secrets, would hardly make waves in many places - but Turkey isn't one of them. Officials at the Turkish Radio And Television Supreme Council (RTUK) were so offended by the video that they're issuing fines to channels that play it.
Much of the world sees Pink as the encouraging "cool mom" of music, but Turkish officials worry that she's potentially a bad influence on kids. The Council claims that the video features "erotic dance figures of a homosexual nature" and believes that young people could be confused and negatively influenced by the imagery. As punishment, the Council has fined at least one channel 17,000 Turkish lira. That converts to just over $2750.00 USD. The video features couples, some same sex, dancing against a graffiti wall. At some points, the dancers grind against one another and the male dancers are sometimes shirtless. Pink, herself, dances with another woman while "pinned" to the wall.
Twitter has some thoughts...
@OUTtv i would like to know what the fuck is wrong with "erotic figures of a homosexual nature"? i don't see anyth… https://t.co/4pj9edEpxC— steve mitchell (@steve mitchell)1536963241.0
@prideworldradio Ridiculous!!!— jackie shann (@jackie shann)1536919593.0
@PinkNews Turkey is a deeply worrying country.. my heart goes out to all Turkish LGBT+ people for having to deal with state run homophobia— ChrisT (@ChrisT)1536939949.0
Turkey's Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) imposed a monetary fine to a TV channel that aired @Pink's mus… https://t.co/qTHS27LfqA— erdem avşar Ⓥ (@erdem avşar Ⓥ)1536826896.0
@Raleigh_Born @Reuters That must be how I caught my gayness.— walter kopec 🏳️🌈🐕🐶🐾♐ (@walter kopec 🏳️🌈🐕🐶🐾♐)1536855052.0
@RawStory Are we going backwards?— Not My President (@Not My President)1536847745.0
You can watch the video here.
Tell us your thoughts. After watching the video, do you think it's fine-worthy?