Turkey: Actress’ contract cancelled over interview comments

8 April 2016

Actress Füsun Demirel was removed from the cast of tv-series ‘The Family Business’ after saying in an interview with newspaper Cumhuriyet on 13 March 2016 that she would like to play a role related to the guerrilla girls, reported newspaper Radikal on 16 March 2016.

Demirel’s comments were made when the newspaper asked her what other roles she’d like to play in the future.

“There are many. For instance, I would love to play the guerilla girls in those mountains. Maybe I will be the mother or grandmother of a guerrilla,” she said. “I want to work and produce for the sake of the liberation of women. I’ve dedicated my whole life to it, and I’ll continue till I die”.

Demirel has not only been fired from the tv show, but has also received serious attacks and threats via social media for her statement, according to Bianet on 17 March 2016.

The Filmmor Women’s Cooperative, Actors and Actresses Union and Association of Movie Actors and Actresses have come out in support of the actress and “condemned the unilateral cancellation of Demirel’s contract”.

The guerrilla girls refer to the all-female units of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (or PKK), a militant left-wing organisation that has waged an armed struggle against Turkey in an effort to acquire self-determination for Kurdish people in Turkey.


» Bianet – 17 March 2016:
Support for Füsun Demirel from film workers

» Radikal – 16 March 2016:
Füsun Demirel scenes re-shot

» Cumhuriyet – 13 March 2016:
Actor Füsun Demirel: Despite everything, the laughter of spite

Related information:

» – 12 November 2015:
Turkey: EU and UN address Turkey’s troublesome arts freedom record

» – 17 September 2015:
Turkey: Actor dismissed from theatre over criticism of government

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