Game of Thrones Actress Opens Up About Turkish Muslim Harassment ... on Instagram
Sibel Kekilli, the Turkish-German actress famous for her role as Shea in Game of Thrones, hid her Instagram profile earlier this month after suffering harassment from Turkish Muslims.
"For the first time and last time, I will say something to the people who hate me, most of them are Turks," Kekilli, whose parents came from a Turkish mountain village, said in a final public post on Instagram, according to the German tabloid Bild.
"I will no longer tolerate the threats, offensive and disgusting sex photos you send me," Kekilli declared. "You are full of hatred and jealousy. You call yourselves Muslims, but you do not accept people, especially women or other faiths. You are full of sh*t .... I have pity on you, honestly. Stop following me."
Kekilli wrote, "I say goodbye for a little while," and then set her Instagram account to private.
According to Bild, the actress added, "All these hypercritical people have taken off their mask and shown their ugly faces."
This is not the first time Kekilli has addressed the problem of misogyny in certain Muslim populations. In a 2006 speech, the actress declared, "I have seen that physical and mental violence is seen as normal in a Muslim family. Sadly, violence in Islam is part of the cultural heritage."
Her remarks sparked outrage. A protester stood up in the middle of the speech and yelled, "Islam has nothing to do with violence! You insult our people!" the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported.
In March 2015, Kekilli spoke about her personal experiences with Islamic culture. She spoke about feeling "schizophrenic" and being torn "between these two worlds" with "inhuman pressure."
"The Muslim culture can be merciless," she warned, especially mentioning honor killings and other "displaced cultural concepts" that can have "an incredible destructive force."
She pleaded for Muslim husbands, brothers, and fathers to treat women with more respect, describing her own path as "long, painful, and self-destructive."
Kekilli declared that women who find work and lead western lives are treated worse than murderers. "Every day I try to go through life, despite hatred and prejudices," the actress said. "I have not committed capital crimes, but people like me are treated by some worse than murderers."