Based on the story of the popular television program “Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?” (“What is Fatmagül’s Crime?”) The soap follows the story that unfolds after five men rape Fatmagül, who they know from childhood.
In the flash-based online game named “Koş Fatmagül Koş” (“Run Fatmagül Run”), players control Fatmagül as she tries to escape her would-be rapists. The game ends when the rapists catch Fatmagül and she starts to cry.
The TV show and the game has come in for a lot of criticism for being obscene and immoral while others say it normalises the act of rape. But isn’t the arts all about portraying real life and let’s face it, most rapes are perpetuated by people the victim knows so they are highlighting a reality.
In this case the phrase 'shoot the messenger comes to mind'; should producers be criticised for putting a real social issue in the public arena? Although fans don’t seem to mind the controversy, according to creators “Koş Fatmagül Koş” has been played by approximately 300,000 people so far.
What do you think? Is “Koş Fatmagül Koş” airing a serious issue in Turkish society or just promoting rape?