Turkish TV series slammed for sultan portrayal

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January 7, 2011 16:36

 
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ANKARA — Some Turks are furious over a new television series that they believe depicts an Ottoman sultan in a negative light, and the government is promising to respond to the complaints.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said the government will act "within the framework of the law" following an outcry over "The Magnificent Century," a drama on Show TV that portrays the 16th-century rule of Suleyman the Magnificent.

Suleyman presided over the Ottoman empire's glory years, but some commentators say the series hurts his reputation, showing him in his harem and apparently consuming alcohol, which is banned in Islam.

A script writer for the show says Suleyman only had a fruit drink in his goblet in the first episode, which aired Wednesday.

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