If Only On Netflix: Turkish Government’s Objection Leads To Cancellation

Netflix has canceled the Turkish original ‘If Only’ after the government’s intervention. Turkish government censored the gay character in the script.

Turkish production powerhouse Ay Yapim was going to produce the show. They also described the show in promotional materials. The show was about Reyhan, who was unhappy and disappointed in her marriage with Nadir. Ay Yapim has denied giving any official statement on the matter.

Netflix has suspended the production after the government censored the content. Turkish authorities will not allow “If Only” production to take place in the country. There was a gay character in the scripts.

On the other hand, Netflix refused to change the script whatsoever. Instead, they opted to cancel the show’s production and will pay all the pre-production costs.

If Only
Source: Netflix

Will ‘If Only’ determine the future of other Turkish Series?

Ay Yapim also produces “Love 101”, another Netflix Turkey original. This show also led to controversy on Twitter. Rumors said that one of the characters was gay.

A Netflix spokesman denied all accusations and has confirmed that the show does not have a gay character.

Following “If Only’s” cancellation and such mishap, Turkish local reports said that Netflix would pull off all of its productions in the country. The streaming gain later confirmed that other projects will continue as planned.

A Netflix spokesperson said that they are deeply committed to Turkish members and the creative community in Turkey. They are proud of the incredible Turkish talent and will continue to work with them.

Netflix also said that several Turkish originals are currently under production and more are on their way. They look forward to sharing these stories with their members all around the world.

Currently, five Turkish originals are under production. Netflix’s first Turkish original “The Protector” was a massive hit and was a game-changer for Turkish cinema. It totally disrupted Turkey’s TV market’s production models and storylines.




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