Netflix Cancels Turkish Show After Government Demands Removal of Gay Character

If Netflix stuck to the series script, the Turkish government refused to grant ‘If Only’ a filming license.

After local authorities demanded that the streamer remove a gay character from the script, Netflix cancelled production of the eight-part romantic drama. This was the first time that Turkey has intervened directly when it comes to censorship of a Netflix show. Other Netflix shows featuring LGBTQ+ content, including ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘Hollywood’ air uncensored on the Turkish platform.

“Netflix remains deeply committed to our Turkish members and the creative community in Turkey,” the company said. “We are proud of the incredible talent we work with. We currently have several Turkish originals in production – with more to come- and look forward to sharing these stories with our members all around the world.”

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