Miss Turkey stripped of crown due to tweet on abortive coup

Angelo Anderson
September 23, 2017

Can Sandıkçıoğlu, president of Miss Turkey, said: "We regret to inform you that this tweet has been posted by Itır Esen".

Itir Esen, 18, had shared a post referencing last year's coup attempt, comparing her menstrual cycle to the spilt blood of "martyrs".

Esen had tweeted: "I got my period on the morning of the July 15 martyrs" day. "I celebrate the day by bleeding, which represents the blood of our martyrs".

The tweet was posted around the first anniversary of the 15 July coup attempt, when almost 250 people died fighting an army uprising.

The organizers also said that as the runner-up of this year's pageant, Asli Sümen has automatically gained the right to represent Turkey at the Miss World 2017 contest in China.

Organisers said they had seen the tweet after the beauty contest's results were announced and had to hold an hours-long meeting to verify the post.

The victor of Miss Turkey 2017 was de-crowned on Friday. "It is not possible for the Miss Turkey Organisation to promote such a post, when it aims to introduce Turkey to the world and contribute to its image". Esen has not yet responded but has reportedly removed all photos taken during the pageant from her social media accounts.

The girl took the crown due to scandalous post.

"My family raised me by teaching to respect our homeland and nation".

Ms Esen has since said, via Instagram, that she was not being political.

Opposition critics of the president have decried shrinking freedom of expression under Erdogan in Turkey, where thousands have been prosecuted for social media postings deemed to have insulted the Turkish leader.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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