20 statues of Ertugrul Ghazi were recently taken down in Turkey for resembling actor Engin Altan Duzyatan, who played the main lead role in the hit Turkish series Dirlis Ertugrul.
People on social media noticed the uncanny resemblance between the status and Engin, following which an investigation launched to figure out the matter.
The municipality said in a written statement that,
“We were disturbed by the fact that the bust of Ertuğrul Gazi resembles Engin Altan Düzyatan, the leading actor in the Resurrection Ertuğrul series and the same day the bust in question was removed.”
An artist, Ömer Gençtürk, in Ordu was responsible for creating these statues, which were made with bronze and basalt stone.
Earlier this month on June 4, the murals were placed in front of the city hall. However, they were soon taken down after public and social media users’ objections.
What is the logic of making the bust of the actor who played Ertuğrul Gazi instead of making the bust of real Ertuğrul Gazi?
Turkey is a whole circus😹 https://t.co/2q2b0KB5AV
— e✨ (@eliftuitea) June 8, 2020
Two municipal workers are fired after the Turkish town of Ordu commissioned a bust of the father of the founder of the Ottoman Empire & instead got a replica of a famous actor who depicted Ertugrul Gazi on popular soap opera. https://t.co/0Rw7f2KOjg
— Ayla Jean Yackley (@aylajean) June 8, 2020
— Nuriye Ak (@NuriyeAk8) June 8, 2020