Turkish Women Are Sharing These Smiling Photos After A Politician Told Them Not To Laugh In Public


Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc shocked many on Monday when he told a crowd that women should not laugh out loud in public because it was one of the causes of Turkey’s worsening “moral corruption.”

“A man should be moral but women should be moral as well, they should know what is decent and what is not decent,” Arinc told a crowd in the western region of Bursa during a celebration to mark the end of Ramadan, The Guardian reported. “She should not laugh loudly in front of all the world and should preserve her decency at all times.”

Soon, the hashtag #direnkahkaha — Turkish for resist and laugh — spread as women posted photos of their smiling faces to defy the deputy prime minister.

Stop laughing - cuz @bulent_arinc said so! #direnkahkaha

— Capulcu TurkKick (@TurkKick)

#direnkahkaha If everybody laugh in public the world would be a better place

— Zita (@reinazita)

#direnkahkaha bir kadının en güzel makyajı gülmek iken, halt yemiş kahkaha atmayın diyen Arınç... :)))

— Aslı (@t_asl)

Gülmek sadece kadına değil her insana yakışır.Gülmek bu kadar güzel bir ᗾyken neden somurtup ağlayalım #DirenKahkaha

— Nålån Atåmån (@NlAtmn)

Yep. Just laugh it off.

@bulent_arinc Even she is laughing about you. Know her? :D #direnkahkaha

— Capulcu TurkKick (@TurkKick)

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