The fame of the Turkish series Ertugrul Ghazi or Dirilis Ertugrul is at an all-time high in Pakistan. Many folks are following every cast member of the hit drama on social media. Engin Altan, Esra Bilgic and Burcu Kiratli, you name it.
However, a small subset of Pakistani social media users really doesn’t know the meaning of the term ‘personal boundaries’. Some are too keen to tell Turkish actresses how to dress ‘modestly.’
This incident also happened once again when some photos of Esra Bilgic and Burcu Kiratli chilling on the beach surfaced. Apparently some Pakistanis wanted to tell them to dress the ‘proper’ way.
Burcu Kiratli gets harassed
It all started with Burcu Kiratli (or Gokce Hatun as we know her in Ertugrul) and a year-old video of the actress. Pakistani fans took the time to dig up an old video of the actress going out for a swim.
Of course, the Ertugrul actor was wearing swimwear in the pool. And before anyone knew it, Pakistanis lashed out at the starlet on Instagram.
Some crazed fans even dug up years old photographs, not holding back the hate with their comments. One might point out the extremely acute mental state of such social media users where they need to dig this deep (and make an embarrassment of themselves).
Esra Bilgic seems to have learnt
Esra Bilgic, who is considered Pakistan’s sweetheart these days, shared a photograph in a bathing suit. But she did something that her fellow Turkish actresses didn’t. She made a smart move to turn off the comments.
The starlet was previously harassed by the Pakistani men and women alike over her more bold photographs. As usual, they went as far so far as to to dig up Instagram posts that are months old to hand out unsolicited advice.
Pakistani fans cannot make the distinction between Esra Bilgic and Halime Sultan. Appreciating a certain character is one thing but this level of obsessiveness is downright creepy.
Another thing to understand here is that Turkish actors don’t owe you an explanation. They have their own culture and values on another side of the world.
Recently video clips of Esra Bilgic kissing scenes in the Turkish drama series Ramos also caused an uproar among Pakistanis online. Pakistan fans were disappointed perhaps with the realization that the actress is not Halime Sultan, the warrior princess that she plays in Ertugrul Ghazi.
Esra Bilgic and Burcu Kiratli do not deserve this kind of harassment. Let’s be decent people, please?