video friday

Turks Love Obama, Dancing, 3D Text

Here is something fun to lighten the mood on the day before the weekend! How to explain this one … It’s sort of like if the Scissor Sisters met Omar Sharif and directed an intergalactic cruise together, with a backup singer wearing cave-lady rags. Cocaine would almost certainly be involved. This might be talking it up a little too much. [YouTube]

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  • hobospacejunkie

    Do they realize a guy who wandered in from the neighborhood middle eastern cafe highjacked their video and started singing out of tune? That guy kind of ruined the video for me.

  • CrunchyKnee


  • TGY

    Never again will I question the value of the contributions made to world music by Turkey.

  • Larry Fine

    Hopefully the Taliban will spread its moral law upon Turkey, and these dancers will get punishment.

  • picyou

    Dada lives!

  • TGY

    [re=292862]picyou[/re]: And Dinga Dinga Dee!

  • FaunceyGardner

    sweet, in a one-world kinda way. “Hello…”

  • Doglessliberal

    Thank you. Just thank you.

  • donner_froh

    Love the Frank Nitti meets Barry Gibb outfit on the guy.

  • SmutBoffin

    Why is the guy who starts dropping his lyrical bombs at the end all blacked out? Is he really an embarrassed Nelly or something?

  • TGY

    In the long list of those who perpetrate Crimes Against Humanity, the inventors of Youtube will not be overlooked.

  • hockeymom

    This felt Macarana meets Barbarella.

  • hobospacejunkie

    This is way too ghertto for me. Does Turkey offer music that is less obviously from suburban urban hip hop settings?

  • PeteJayhawk v2.0

    I can’t stop giggling.

  • AngryBlakGuy


  • SmutBoffin

    [re=292874]TGY[/re]: Nor the commenters.

  • CaliforniaMike

    If Snowbilly were prez’nit, stuff like this would have been prevented.

  • Guppy06

    [re=292867]FaunceyGardner[/re]: Welcome to presidency!

  • SayItWithWookies

    The life of a failed Turkish game show host is empty and bleak…

  • CrunchyKnee

    dang tiggers.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Soooo … the disco kings of Turkey are middle-aged mobsters? American hegemony really has gone too far.

  • SnarkNotFark

    What was with the tacked on hiphop breakdown at the end? That was ghertto pandering at its worst.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=292867]FaunceyGardner[/re]: “You had me at ‘Hello’.”

  • BillyClubb

    Bring back hopes

    I agree, and if it helps to have a giant, free floating trumpet in the background, let’s do it.

  • Min

    “Do you expect me to talk?”
    “No, Mr. Obama. I expect you to dance.”

  • V572625694

    [re=292863]TGY[/re]: Rat’s, that’s my line!

  • A Better American Than YOU

    Contrary to popular myth, L-tryptophan in Turkey does not make you sleepy. It’s teh popular music that does it.

  • Custerwolf

    Is Dick Clark dead yet, or is there a way we can bring these guys overseas for an American Bandstand revival? Be sure to bring plenty of mescaline.

  • MedianHater

    That lil blue-eyed baby needs botox.

  • daisy chain

    At least he’s not in blackface. Cok guzel.

  • proudgrampa

    Turkey has talent!

    “It has a beat, and you can dance to it.”

  • A Better American Than YOU

    [re=292971]proudgrampa[/re]: I’d give it an 86.

  • pondscum

    [re=292918]Min[/re]: win

  • engulfedinflames

    where’d they find those hot triplets?also was that a rusty trombone?also

  • slappypaddy

    Hello right back atchya, big fellow. You know, don’t you, that this video will be used by wingnuts to prove to themselves that our Prez is a secret muslin terriss, whose secret muslin code name is Obama Sin-Laden and who is receiving secret coded messages for our annihilation in this very video, which they don’t need to prove because they have faith in its so-ness, and faith is all you need to laugh in the face of reality, unless you’re playing hide-and-go-seek on the freeway or sumpin’.

  • Nigel

    Is Mahir of “I Kiss You!!!” fame behind this? Because he should be.

  • Nigel

    [re=292982]Nigel[/re]: Also, in Turkey the sun rises in the West and sets in the East (see spinning globe at 1:47). Is Obama messing with the time-space continuum? Someone should probably investigate.

  • gurukalehuru

    Eat your heart out, Susan Boyle.

  • american mutt

    The subtitles for that “rapper” at the end was weird. Was he really rapping, “We love you Obama”?

  • american mutt

    In the future, I’ll be showing my children a scrapbook of terrible, terrible music videos inspired by the most wonderful man in history.

  • assistant/atlas

    This is why MTV needs to start playing music videos again.

  • Origami

    I like that funky sound!

  • responsible commenter

    We coulda cleaned up in the campaign if we’d had this video a year ago.

  • Guppy06
  • himalayancorpseeater

    what an adorable foreigner

  • laziestgal

    my turkish friend explained to me that the singer Mustafa Topaloglu thinks he’s an alien. he’s mentioned here, in a review of what sounds like an awesomely awesome movie:

  • Noyura

    Im surprised no one recognized him; he produced the big hit
    from Return of the Jedi
    and made a cameo when Lucas remade it