Turkey Now Wants to Build All Gay Prisons For 'Protection'

The current administration heading Turkey has announced plans to house gay prisoners in yet to be built all gay prisons. Gay rights groups in the country have expressed concerns about further marginalising LGBT+ persons in a society generally hostile to homosexuality, and where gay prisoners are usually housed in… » 4/19/14 2:51pm Saturday 2:51pm

The World's Most Popular Ice Cream Commercial Shows No Ice Cream

This ad is one of the most viral web videos of the year. It's not short — at three and a half minutes, it dwarfs the attention span most advertisers assume their target audience has. It's not sexy — the raciest thing about the ad is some teen hand holding. It's not star-studded — the main characters in the ad are… » 11/20/13 6:20pm 11/20/13 6:20pm

Butterball Turkey Help Hotline Hires Its First Male Operators

For years, the Butterball company's annual Turkey Talk Line—which provides sage (LOLOLOL) wisdom to hapless holiday turkey chefs—has been staffed entirely by female turksperts. Now, for the first time ever in its 32-year history, a few male staffers are breaking through the gravy ceiling and manning the Turkey Talk… » 9/17/13 10:00am 9/17/13 10:00am

A Hijab Doesn't Automatically Make a Woman Into a Symbol

In the post 9/11 world, where everyone loves to fall back on a clash of the civilizations explanation for Why We Don't Get Along with "The Muslim World," one group of people tend to get a lot of attention in the midst of the cultural debate: veiled women. They have become the focal point of countless debates on Islam,… » 6/26/13 1:40pm 6/26/13 1:40pm

How Not to Be an Ugly American on Your Vacation in a Conflict Country

You packed your sandals, several bikinis (with a sarong so you can blend into your exotic environment) and you've even Instagrammed several potential outfits, but then you hear the awful news: Your exotic travel destination just erupted with political protests and violent government crackdowns. Oh noes! But can you… » 6/07/13 11:40am 6/07/13 11:40am

Brutally Tear-Gassed 'Woman in Red' Is Symbol of Turkey's Occupy Gezi

Turkey's prime minister says the thousands of protesters gathering in Istanbul's Gezi Park are militant activists "living arm in arm with terrorism." This photo of a cop tear-gassing an unthreatening young woman in a simple summer dress implies otherwise. » 6/04/13 10:00am 6/04/13 10:00am

Celebrity Super Friends Tweet Reactions to Protests in Turkey

The rapid transformation of Occupy Gezi from a amiable-enough effort to protect what little green space remains in European Istanbul to a violent clash between protesters and Turkish police has attracted the attention celebrities like sign-maker Tilda Swinton, concerned father figure Mark Ruffalo, and even vampire… » 6/02/13 11:30am 6/02/13 11:30am

Two Men Admit to Killing a Family’s Enormous Pet Turkey for…

We're going to play a little game because it's Thanksgiving, which means that you're either reading this locked in the guest room next to all the coats at your Aunt Miriam's house because you stupidly got stoned before the feast and could really use an excuse not to go downstairs, or you're all alone eating turkey cold … » 11/22/12 1:15pm 11/22/12 1:15pm

Turkish Divers Accidentally Save an Inflatable Sex Doll from Drowning

A beautiful day at the beach briefly turned horrific before it turned hilarious — seaside residents in Turkey's northern Samsun province panicked and called police when they noticed what seemed like a body floating in the Black Sea. Alarums were raised. Boats were commandeered. Somewhere, trembling along in his house,… » 9/23/12 8:45pm 9/23/12 8:45pm

Madonna's Nipple Was Actually Protesting Proposed Turkish Abortion Ban

When Madonna accidentally (maybe on purpose) flashed her nipple at the crowd during an Istanbul concert, the world asked Why? Now, it appears, we have answers: Madge's slip was designed to show solidarity with Turkish women as the country's government mulls a very restrictive abortion and C-section ban. Oh, ok. Yeah,… » 6/11/12 3:30pm 6/11/12 3:30pm

Now that It Doesn’t Have to Impress the EU, Turkey Could Curtail…

Turkey, formerly eager for an invite into the European Union clubhouse, has drifted away from the continent it has played historical boogeyman to in the wake of the Arab Spring, and gravitated towards the more conservative values of an Arab world it sees an opportunity to dominate. As a result, according to the New… » 4/29/12 4:00pm 4/29/12 4:00pm