Historically, Turkey has not exactly been the most stable country, especially last year during what has since been dubbed by President Erdogan supporters as Gülen Madness, when a candy company’s April Fool’s Day joke almost overthrew the Government.
Oh yes, we’re serious.
The “April 1st Surprises” commercial featured a series of pranks (some might see it as sibling torture) two brothers were pulling on each other, with the sentiment that, “The day of reckoning is coming,” a line that Erdogan supporters took to mean a coup was underway against the Turkish Government.
Erdogan’s supporters did what any concerned citizens would do—they took to the streets, burned and hanged Ülker candy bars, and promised the firm would not get away with it.
In a matter of days, Ülker shares lost 4.7%.
Turkish politician Metin Kulunk, the man whom is never more than 5ft from a microphone, admonished the candy company claiming Ülker tried to, “Manipulate the psychology of 80 million people.”