Turkish series Diriliş: Ertuğrul that has swept over television screens across the country, has received an overwhelming amount of praise by Pakistanis.
However, getting eulogized by fans in the country also comes with its price: moral policing — something Pakistani celebrities are all too familiar with.
With the Turkish series’ popularity going through the roof, some Pakistanis on social media have now pointed their guns towards the stars of the show, Esra Bilgiç who plays Halime Sultan and Engin Altan Duzyatan who essays the lead role of Ertugrul Ghazi.
After coming across the official Instagram accounts of the stars, and getting a glimpse of their real lives, the trolls had a meltdown, accusing the actors of ‘following Western culture’ and not ‘behaving like Muslims.’
While Esra got an earful for not being the ‘modest’ woman they saw on their television screens, Engin was grilled on “keeping a dog indoors despite being Muslim.”
In spite of some having a meltdown in the comments section of the actors’ Instagram posts, many ‘embarrassed’ Pakistanis sprung forward to apologize on behalf of the country.