TURKEY: Government Orders Probe After Giant Rocky Balboa Banner Rises Over Soccer Stadium [VIDEO]

Bloomberg reports:

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered a probe on Monday into a giant banner depicting fictional boxer Rocky Balboa at a soccer match at Galatasaray stadium, sending the team’s shares plunging on the Borsa Istanbul.

The banner unfurled at Sunday’s match featured an image of the character portrayed by actor Sylvester Stallone and was framed by the words “Rise Up” and a slogan reading: “They Look Big Because You’re on Your Knees.”

Pro-government Twitter accounts alleged that the display was inspired by the words of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey’s government for a coup attempt last year.

Gulen lives in self-imposed exile in the Poconos of Pennsylvania, while Rocky has a statue dedicated to him in Philadelphia, his home town and Pennsylvania’s largest city. “Pennsylvania” is used as shorthand in Turkey for references to Gulen and his following, which the government has classified as a terrorist organization.

As you’ll see in the clips below, the banner was raised to Bill Conti’s Gonna Rise Now, which was followed Survivor’s Eye Of The Tiger.

RELATED: Fifteen Turkish security officials were indicted last month for assaulting protesters during President Tayyip Erdogan’s visited to the United States.

  • Tawreos

    Stop being dickholes to your people and they won’t be trying to overthrow you.

    • safari

      Make Ottomans Great Again

      • David in Tucson

        What about the Hassocks?

        • Bob Conti

          I have my feet up on one right now. Interesting, the other word for it is Ottoman. As in Empire.

  • safari

    I sometimes feel we’re trying to compete with Turkey.

    • Gustav2

      Yeah, but our wannabe dictator bitches when our ‘football’ players take a knee.

      • safari

        Dons just upset he can no longer take a knee without help.

        • Friday’s_cat

          Or two in front of Putin.

    • Todd20036

      How do you think Picky Pecker feels?

      • Gustav2

        Safer on one particular holiday in November.

    • zhera

      Turkey, Saudi Arabia, North Korea…

      • pch1013

        … Hungary, Poland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Egypt, Romania, Russia, China …

  • WitlessProtection

    I say we raise a giant Obama banner at the World Series with a slogan “Make America REALLY Great – AGAIN”

    • JackFknTwist

      Has anyone ever come up with the revolutionary idea of ‘humility’ ?

      “Make America humble again ! “

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  • safari
  • bkmn
    • Franciscan

      Now, that’s hardly fair. George W. was there first, but Daddy got Dan Rather canned for reporting it.

  • OT- How is Jimmy doing on his job interview everyone? (Edited- thumbs up if you think he is not doing the Democratic Party any favors right now).

    • The_Wretched

      Reciting Dem party line. It’s not news exactly. It’s on the list of why I don’t identify with the Dems.

      The system makes it very hard to know if votes were changed and that’s only one of several potential changes that impacts the outcome (changing registrations, picking who to target with ads being other options).

        • Natty Enquirer

          Carter told the [New York] Times he’s willing to go to North Korea amid the ongoing tensions over nuclear weapons.
          “I would go, yes,” he said.
          He said he has talked with Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, about his intentions but was given “a negative response.”
          “I told him that I was available if they ever need me,” he said.


          • He also thinks the media has been hard on Trump. He also dissed President Obama. I would say most of the people here would disagree. The interview is here.

          • Natty Enquirer

            So we should wish him dead? I don’t think Jimmy Carter deserves this kind of shallow polemic.

          • Like I said I edited down my comment, no one should wish that on any POTUS. But I have to admit I am not going to deeply mourn his passing. You may wish to cover yourself in ashes though and stay glued to your televsion for the ceremonies in the national rotunda and in Plains, Georgia for the hours of national coverage when it comes time for that which I am sure our national will give when homage is paid in a state funeral, however with full honours. And, if occurs during Trump’s tenure as President I assume his eulogy will be deep and moving, as deserved.

          • netxtown

            I’m relieved that W’s funeral will consist of Dick Cheney pulling a little red western flyer wagon. Hopefully W won’t fall out, but it could be rough going to get up the stairs to his ‘library’.

          • Lazycrockett

            This really is nothing new Carter has been a thorn in the side of the dems most of his post presidency. He has opinions and strongly believes them. He called the Palestine situation apartheid.

          • Gustav2

            Mr Carter is always publicly volunteering for missions for which no one asked for volunteers.

          • clay

            Guinea worm, Bosnian elections, . . .

          • Gustav2
        • The_Wretched

          no idea

        • bambinoitaliano

          Only if he build an outhouse with that fucking moron permanently seal inside.

        • Friday

          Well, he did offer to try and unfuck the North Korea situation. He’s been known to do decent diplomacy.

          • Yes, I give him credit for that, also the Camp David agreement.

    • Do Something Nice

      I think it is true – there’s no evidence so far. This doesn’t contradict that Russians ‘meddled’ with social media and other aspect of the election.

      • Natty Enquirer

        But, but, he said the wrong thing so “Death to Carter!”

        • I edited down my own comment , my mama told me never to say these things about POTUS! — LOL.

      • The_Wretched

        We can’t tell if votes were changed.

    • June Gordon

      When it comes to rigging elections, the Russians face some stiff competition from the GOP and its disenfranchisement efforts.

      • Well, there is a good chance there was collusion between the two – some of the Trump forces and some Russian state cyberwarfare (hackers). It is being investigated. Carter seems to diss these allegations.

    • netxtown

      Of course there is no evidence – there is no paper/audit trail…which made them perfect targets…

    • Berdawn Hutchinson

      If the Democratic Party was working, they wouldn’t need favors

  • Do Something Nice

    I’m proud of my Turkish heritage, and disgusted at what is happening now.


    • Is that Ataturk? He actually did much for Turkey — made them a modern secular nation

    • Lazycrockett

      At the moment Im watching a 2007 BBC Michael Palins travelogue on New Europe. The hope that the people of Turkey had 10 years ago was incredible to what they have now. Everyone who talked to Michael was all bout Turkey joining the EU, the opening of cafes, and museums and the cultural renaissance. Shame what happened.

      • Do Something Nice

        The EU was leading Turkey on even though there is no way that they would ever be admitted into the EU. They claim that Turkey never complied, but the truth is with racist countries like Austria, they would never vote to allow a mostly Muslim country to become the 2nd largest country in the EU.

        And that rejection is, in part, to blame for the right-wing nonsense happening now in Turkey.

        • JackFknTwist

          Seriously ?
          You are blaming the EU for the fascism of Erdogan and the right wing Muslim swing.

          • Do Something Nice

            What part of ‘in part’ do you not fucking understand?

            Many were looking to the EU and the west for influence. When that door closed, shit hit the fan.

          • JackFknTwist

            Your first post was abusive and this post is even more so. Now f uck off with your semi literate bull s hit.

          • Do Something Nice

            Have a lovely day, moron.


        • JackFknTwist

          great …I wont’t have to reply to your sh ite.

      • JackFknTwist

        “New europe”…..i haven’t heard that clanger since another equally dense Donald !

    • Guy z

      My Turkish friends tell me there are similar things happening in the US (i.e. similar to how Erdogan took hold). I hope we don’t get that far.


      Like all of us now, in America….

    • JCF

      Ataboy! ;-/

  • JWC

    oh yawn

    • Gustav2

      I know, this cultural appropriation thing is getting out of hand.

  • JWC

    Not to belittle Turkey’s problems I am more concerned that America stays focused on its own immenent decline

    • David L. Caster

      In progress decline.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Well done!

  • TrueWords
    • netxtown

      why does he look slightly ‘orange’?

  • Bad Tom

    Hoisting a banner in defiance of President Erdogan in Turkey is pretty brave.

    • The_Wretched

      Yes, there’s purges going on where pretty much every liberal in Turkey has been arrested.

      • Bad Tom

        The “evidence” being used in these purges is appalling.

        This is a real case:

        An American engineer of Turkish descent is being held in Turkey on suspicion of aiding the past coup attempt. Their evidence? He has a bank account at a bank which is associated with one of the alleged coup leaders. His nephew was found to have an American dollar bill (that is $1) in his bedroom. This is thought to be a secret sign of belonging to the coup effort.

        Having a US dollar bill tags you as being part of the coup. By itself.

        His lawyer says he no longer knows how to fight the case, since the government appears to be proceeding extrajudicially. His family is in despair.
        I don’t recall where I read about this case, but it was quite likely one of: Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, or New York Times.

        • zhera

          Fascism. And what does the world do?

          • The_Wretched

            It’s not like we (US and EU) are ignoring a small African nation being subverted either. Turkey was on a trajectory to join the EU and was an ally. Now it’s a fascist State doing purges, going full islamicist and allying with Russia. There’s nukes and military bases at threat as well.

          • Karl Dubhe

            Is still an ally. Unless we’ve tossed them out of NATO without telling anyone.

          • The_Wretched

            name vs substance

          • Karl Dubhe

            So, you’re saying there are some nation states that won’t be covered if they’re attacked? Which ones are they? Am I in one? 🙂

            Alliances can’t work like that. Or they’re totally worthless.

          • The_Wretched

            Turkey is formally an ally but I have a strong doubt as to how much we can rely on them.

          • Karl Dubhe

            The last times they were called on they did. Next time???

          • AJ

            Turkey’s ascension to the EU was stalled even a decade ago. Did anyone honestly think that Greece and Cyprus would let Turkey in considering their history? France was also consistently anti-Turkey joining for ages, and had even floated the idea of Turkey needing to own up to the Armenian Genocide a couple of times.

            Turkey’s hopes of joining the EU were dead long before Erdogan went full dictator.

          • Karl Dubhe

            Join in, it would seem.

            Is there any single nation that’s strong enough to fight them all?

    • David L. Caster

      Defiance is the first step towards pulling down a dictator. They will need all the brave they can muster

      • How can we defy cheetolini and the GOP to get them removed?? And don’t mention the voting booth, the rank and file GOP voter either is greedy and only cares about their pocketbook, or are low information voters who vote party no matter what.

        • David L. Caster

          Massive protests on a national level tend to get the attention of Congress it would appear. Really significant protests also tend to wake up progressive voters and get them fired up too.

          • Then it looks like it’s time to page from the 60’s and begin to really protest in ernest.

        • Nowhereman

          They managed to gerrymander the hell out of us after the last census, and pass a lot of voter suppression laws. Now, even if democrats get the majority of the votes, they still don’t get the majority in the representation. We are being ruled by about 30-40% of the electorate, controlled and financed by the top 1% of the filthy rich.

  • safari
    • JAKvirginia

      Better be good. My bullshit meter is just about full!

    • The_Wretched

      At the risk of sounding like a cynic, Dunford probably just the most recent otherwise successful person who is going to sacrifice their reputation for no effect. Dignity wraith status incoming.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    a giant banner depicting fictional boxer Rocky Balboa at a soccer match
    at Galatasaray stadium [sent] the team’s shares plunging on the Borsa

    Say what? How does the one cause the other?

    • Gustav2

      The slogans behind the Rocky will get the government to shut them down or at the very least the pro-government groups harass them. So the team’s fans will be intimidated, not pay for tickets, destroying the value of the stock.

      • Tempus Fuggit

        Oh. Well, whatever. I’m not sad.

        • JAKvirginia

          Here in the “USA!” we just kneel.

  • m_lp_ql_m

    So was the bird named after the country, or the country after the bird?

    • Hank

      If you are brave enough, ask the Armenians!!!

    • Hue-Man

      I thought it was the bird was named after the country. Just like French – turkey=dinde (from India)

    • Karl Dubhe

      American Guinea Fowl were imported to Europe through Turkey, hence they became known as Turkey Fowl. Later on the Fowl was dropped.

      So, one name changed, but the Turks are far older than that. They moved West from Mongolia. Earlier than the Mongols did, but they were almost as friendly.

      • John Calendo

        Thanks. Very informative.

        • Karl Dubhe

          Stolen part of it from the interwebs, knew the bit about where their distant ancestors came from. 🙂

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • The_Wretched

      props to one of the ultra-elite tier standing up!

    • JCF

      Color Me Ambivalent: I’m not in favor of billionaire neophytes running for high office, and Steyer is gunning for California Governor or (U.S.) Senator.

  • JCF

    This story: does any part of it make sense?

    Starting w/ this: “Soccer team shares sink”. Huh?