Women shouldn't laugh loudly, says Turkish deputy PM

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Turkey's deputy prime minister sparked an outcry on Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public.

Mr Bulent Arinc made that comment in a speech on Monday for the Bayram holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims.

While lamenting the moral decline of modern society, he said:  "A man should be moral but women should be moral as well, they should know what is decent and what is not decent.

“She should not laugh loudly in front of all the world and should preserve her decency at all times,” he said.

Bad, bad, bad

Mr Arinc went on to denounce a moral degradation that left society awash with drugs and prostitution, and lashed out at popular Turkish soap operas for encouraging lax lifestyles.

He denounced the excessive use of cars, saying that if even the “river Nile was filled with petrol", there wouldn’t be enough to go around.

Mr Arinc also slammed the excessive use of mobile phones in Turkish society, with women “spending hours on the phone to swap recipes”.

Imitating a Turkish woman on her mobile, he said, “’Is there nothing else going on? What happened to Ayse’s daughter? When’s the wedding?’”  

“People should say these things face to face,” he added. 

His comments have provoked a storm on social media. 





Well, we think women should laugh as loudly as they want to.

Here's a few photos of famous women laughing heartily without a care.

LeAnn Rimes laughing during a panel for the VH1 television series LeAnn & Eddie.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge laughing during a visit to an M-PACT Plus Counselling programme at Blessed Sacrament School .

 Michelle Wie laughing on the eighth hole during the second round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at the Grey Silo Golf Course.

British actress Emily Blunt laughing on the red carpet as she arrives for the World Premiere of the film Edge of Tomorrow in London.

US actress Jessica Chastain laughing on the set of the French TV channel Canal Plus on the sidelines of the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

US actress Blake Lively laughing on the red carpet at the screening of the film Captives.

Director Seth MacFarlane laughing with actress Charlize Theron at the premiere of A Million Ways To Die In The West. 

Australian actress Nicole Kidman laughing next to British actor Tim Roth on the set of the French TV channel Canal Plus.

Source: AFP

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