Miss Turkey stripped of Crown over a Tweet

Miss Turkey stripped of Crown over a Tweet

Itir Esen, 18, was accused of insulting the memory of the 250 people who died fighting against the uprising in her country past year.

Be it a well intended tweet that went awry or just bad taste, Miss Turkey 2017 has been stripped of her title.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 in which 249 people including civilians died, while over a thousand were wounded. "I am celebrating the day by bleeding a representation of our martyrs' blood".

In being chosen as Miss Turkey In 2017, Itir Esen was to wear the colors of his country at the beauty contest Miss World, which will be held in China on November 18. "It is not possible for the Miss Turkey Organization, whose aim is to promote Turkey worldwide and to contribute to its image, to accept such a posting".

Can Sandikcioglu, head of Miss Turkey, said in a statement that the tweet was posted by Esen.

The organization said the tweet came to their attention after the competition and that it took them "hours" to determine that was Esen's.

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"I want to say that as an 18-year-old girl, I had no political aims while sharing this post", she wrote, saying that she only shared her "innocent thoughts during a sensitive time".

Crowned Miss Turkey 2017 Thursday night, Itir Esen, 18, was caught by a message published two months ago on Twitter, which has aroused the indignation of many internet users in a country where the memory of the victims of the missed putsch in 2016 has been nearly worshipped.

The teenager added: "My family raised me by teaching to respect our homeland and nation". The contestant had reportedly denied the social media account was hers.

In 2015, prosecutors launched an investigation against former Miss Turkey beauty queen Merve Buyuksarac on charges of insulting Erdogan through social media posts.

The coup was aimed at deposing ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but failed and led to mass arrests.

The roughly 250 victims of the attempted coup of State are the object of a national cult in Turkey, where their portraits are ubiquitous in the public space.

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