Miss Turkey loses crown over offensive 'coup tweet'

Miss Turkey Itır Esen was forced to hand back her crown hours after triumph due to tweet about last year’s coup attempt, which was deemed offensive
Friday, 22 September 2017 19:17

The winner of a beauty pageant was Friday was decrowned just hours after winning the beauty pageant, after a tweet, she posted about the last year's coup attempt came to light.

In the tweet, she compared the bloodshed in her menstrual cycle with that of the 249 people who lost their lives during the failed coup and are now celebrated in Turkey as martyrs. 

"I am having my period this morning to celebrate the July 15 martyrs' day. I am celebrating the day by bleeding on behalf of our martyrs' blood," she wrote.

Organisers said they had seen the tweet after the beauty contest's results were announced and had to hold an hours-long meeting to verify the post. "We regret to inform that such a tweet has been posted by Itır Esen. It is not possible for the Miss Turkey Organization to promote such a post, when it aims to introduce Turkey to the world and contribute to its image," organisers said in a statement.