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Turkey’s Family Ministry moves to turn down K-pop

Turkey is full of young fans of Korean pop music, angering conservatives who claim the K-pop movement encourages homosexuality.
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Turkey’s Family and Social Affairs Ministry will examine Korean pop music, known as K-pop, which conservative pundits have portrayed as a threat to Turkish youth from the Far East, Turkish media outlets report.

“The ministry is examining allegations that K-pop is making young people drift from traditional values and reject their family and leading them to a ‘gender-free’ lifestyle,” journalist Onder Yilmaz reported in daily Milliyet on Aug. 29. 

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