Turkey’s deputy prime minister spurred outrage Tuesday for calling women who laugh out loud in public immoral. Bülent Arinc, an ally of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, made the comments Monday during a speech in western Turkey to mark the end of Ramadan, the Guardian reported. He also said denounced mobile phone use in Turkey, accusing women of “spending hours on the phone to swap recipes.”
"A man should be moral but women should be moral as well. They should know what is decent and what is not decent," Arinc said in Bursa, according to the paper. "She should not laugh loudly in front of all the world and should preserve her decency at all times.”
Arinc’s comments spread to social media Tuesday, where the remarks were denounced on Twitter.
Turkish deputy PM says women should not laugh out loud. Which is ironic, given how hilarious that is. http://t.co/RDuHQtUzmt
â€” Ellie Cumbo (@EllieCumbo) July 29, 2014
â€” kirsty woodward (@kirstywoodward1) July 29, 2014
â€” juliegoodacre (@juliegoodacre) July 29, 2014
WTF ? For crying out loud! "Turkish deputy prime minister says women should not laugh out loud" http://t.co/iIooLGvfmT …
â€” Geor (@geor97) July 29, 2014
This joke isn't funny anymore...Turkish women should not laugh out loud in public, says Turkey's mad deputy PM http://t.co/LBaqExeADh
â€” Fisun Guner (@FisunGuner) July 29, 2014
â€” Shafinaaz Hassim (@shafinaaz) July 29, 2014
Arinc also pretended to be a woman on her phone, saying in a mock conversation, "'Is there nothing else going on? What happened to Ayse's daughter? When's the wedding?' People should say these things face to face."