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Here’s What Happens When You Tell Half Your Country Not To Laugh For Fear Of ‘Moral Corruption’
July 31, 2014
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Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç (Photo: ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç made a speech on moral corruption in the country, taking aim at TV shows and other media, and also, unbelievably, arguing that women shouldn't laugh in public for fear of being too suggestive.

"Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men," Arınç said, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. "[The woman] will know what is haram and not haram. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness."

Unsurprisingly, the comments didn't go over well with many women in Turkey.

And since it's 2014, what better way to voice their displeasure than by taking to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and resisting Arınç's comments directly. By laughing at them.

Many of the posts feature the hastag #direnkahkaha, which roughly translates to "resist laugh." Here are a few more acts of social media-based civil disobedience:


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