Turkish pop star Sezen Aksu under fire over religious reference in 2017 song

A group of Ankara residents have filed a criminal complaint against Turkish pop icon Sezen Aksu over what they are calling song lyrics that "degrade religious values,’’ Deutsche Welle Turkish reported on Monday.

The complaints stem from the 67-year-old prolific songwriter’s track called ‘’Şahane Bir Şey Yaşamak’’ (It is a wonderful thing to live), dating back to 2017, DW said.

The complaint against Aksu refers to the lyrics of the song addressing the trials of life, which include, "Give my regards to the ignorant Eve and Adam," an apparent reference to the pair’s expulsion from the heavens to Earth.

Adam is considered the first Prophet on Earth, according to Islamic teachings.

Aksu has faced  a wave of criticism after releasing a new video for the song on New Year's eve, prompting the ire from pro-government social media users. 

Lawmaker with Turkey’s ruling Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) Mustafa Açıkgöz on Saturday blasted the musician, acceding her of attacking Turkey’s values "under the guise of arts and music’’

"Our people are fed up with people like you" Açıkgöz said on Twitter. 

Meanwhile, the head of the pro-AKP National Survival Movement, Murat Şahin on Sunday threatened the pop icon with a physical showing at her residence.

“We will be at your door at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow,” Şahin wrote on Twitter.

The backlash against Aksu has prompted a number of musicians to express support for the popstar.  Fellow pop singers Mustafa Sandal and Demet Akalın took to Twitter to defend Aksu, calling her a "national treasure,’’ whose lyrics had been "distorted.’’

Aksu, who has sold over 40 million albums worldwide, is credited with laying the foundations of Turkish pop music in the 1970s and continues to top the country's music charts.

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