An anchor employed by Turkey's Flash TV, more or less our equivalent of FOX News, attempts to show "solidarity" with President Barack Obama by donning blackface and welcoming him to the country.
There seems to be disagreement over whether blackface has the same negative cultural associations in Turkey as it does in the United States. Nonetheless the underlying implication is obvious and it is a curious vehicle to welcome the President of the United States ... especially given the historical and ongoing racist treatment of many Turks in Western European nations such as France, Germany and Italy.
The video and a rough translation AFTER THE JUMP.
There are several rough translations on YouTube. YouTube user "Exbladex99":
"He even says 'Respected Mr. Obama' in his monologue. The guy was saying how previous Democratic and Republican administrations blackened the Turkish face by supporting anti-Turkish lobbyists and not helping them against PKK terrorists. He was saying how he knows Obama will change all that and that Turkey and the US will have mutual respect."
That may be what the anchor said but certainly is not supported by the truth and the billions of dollars funneled from the Pentagon to Anakara, from the Reagan Administration to the present. Another YouTube user "Reroha":
"He is making a welcoming speech to President Obama and talking about Turkey's desires for this visit and for American-Turkey relations in general. He is hoping that the good will and hope that is accompanying this visit is not a temporary thing and that this promise of a better closer relationship will truely come to fruition."
TMZ claims they spoke with translator at the Turkish Bureau of Tourism "who told us the video is actually pretty funny, if you speak Turkish. Apparently there is even a Clinton/Lewinsky joke. Those funny Turks!"
On Pope Benedict's recent trip to Turkey, an anchor at Flash TV "encouraged" His Holiness to convert to Isalm. Just to put the network and its on-air talent in context ...