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Tale of the Tape: Justin Beiber vs. Kemal Ataturk

February 7, 2011

Accidentally scheduled this for 7/2/2010 at first. Apparently I missed the new year. Oops.

I mentioned my approval of Fuck Yeah Turkish Nationalism! in a recent post I did, but really, more must be said. More must be said about this:

It’s captioned with “Justin Bieberin ATATÜRK’ten Daha Çok Anıldığı Bir Ülkede Yaşıyoruz ! Justin Bieber mı Kurtardı Vatanınızı !” or “Justin Beiber is celebrated more in this country than Ataturk! Did Justin Beiber found this country?” and it links to the Ben Turkum!! Facebook page.

But I can’t help but wonder, who IS more important/generally better. Justin Beiber or Ataturk?

If you’ve never seen the epic Chevy Chase Cola Turka commercials, you’d be liable to think that this is the first awkward, uncomfortable, invasion of an American icon. And if you don’t know the respective backgrounds of Bieber and Ataturk, you’d be liable to think this was random. Did you know:

  • Bieber was born in Canada, but took America by storm
    • Ataturk was born in Salonica, but took Anatolia by storm
  • Bieber took advantage of cutting-edge technology with youtube to make his name
    • Ataturk took advantage of cutting-edge technology with trench warfare to make his name.
  • “She had me going crazy, oh I was starstruck
    She woke me up daily, don’t need no Starbucks”

    • “There is no difference between the Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”
  • Haircut
    • Eyebrows
  • Weird tattoo (on him)
  • Favorite food: spaghetti and McDonald’s

I could go on for ages here, but the facts remain the same. Much like we all share 99% of our DNA or something, our world leaders will always be in competition to each other. But Google Trends shows us one fascinating thing.

Ataturk gets a search engine spike every year around his birthday, sure.

Bieber is a one-man search engine killing machine (bizarrely popular in the island nations, too).

The internet is fascinating and the nationalist elements of Turkish society have their knickers in a twist. This is nothing we didn’t know yesterday. But man, what a comparison to make.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2011 10:44 pm

    Bieber has no place here until he grows a moustache. That’s all I’m saying.

  2. Ben permalink
    February 9, 2011 11:17 pm

    Can I add that each are part of the Jews control the world conspiracy!

    Is there an Ataturk slogan that rivals the ‘Beiber Fever’ catch-phrase? I really want to know.

    • Asher permalink
      February 10, 2011 12:43 pm

      coincidence? I THINK NOT.

      It seems to be blocked in Turkey (to absolutely no surprise) but there’s a website that could very well be worth checking out.

  3. sara permalink
    February 13, 2013 7:47 pm

    Asher- you are extremely ignorant and arrogant. Even if Ataturk was gay and a jew, it doesn’t make him a bad leader. Being gay is not “bad”, an neither is being a jew. What are you trying to accomplish? Those who dislike Ataturk because of “atajew” are simply blinded by hate.

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