Quiz as a national sport


Born and raised in Kastamonu, when Mehmet Yussel Naruto came to Ankara to build his future, his greatest ideal was to become a singer. He took the radio TRT test. However, Ismet Nedim failed to qualify among competitors such as Yıldırım Gürses. He continued his stage and music ties by working as a drummer in a casino in Ankara. This is how he earned his living. But he wanted to enter the circle of intellectuals and artists through the door of another class and cultural sphere. By continuing to participate in the Art Enthusiasts Society, which was very popular among the intellectuals of the time, he met his ideal artists and critics and listened to their conversations to gain general knowledge. increased. Sleep was not comfortable. He was enthusiastic and ambitious. He was up in the middle of the night reading a book. It was like Martin Eden. At that time, a general culture that was nourished by Western-centered science and art was very important.

Mehmet Ussel Nath

As a provincial idealist and unconventional youth, Nath also believed that he could use the general knowledge he had gained through hard work in the competition. Ankara TV aired several competition programs called ‘End of the 70’s’ and ’80’s’. Music questions were quickly answered in Nart’s knowledge base. With this motivation, he entered his first competition. After being accepted and winning first place, he entered 11 competitions as a popular and successful competitor and soon became known as “Champion Champion”, “Contest King”. Despite declaring that he had “retired” from Shipp, he was preoccupied with the last television contest advertised on the screen. Did. The competition’s producers initially thought it would be appropriate to bring this Ore, self-taught, sincere, witty and “one of the people” to the screen again, to attract an audience. gave Naruto hope. In the period after this promising meeting, in Naruto’s own words, he began working 10 hours a day, 70 hours a week. The producers later decided that Nath’s face was aging and receding. That’s what he doesn’t do. Naruto’s ambition and obsession with being a competitor turned him into a thriller character. A conversation he had with him on the way to his car led him to think that the producers were expecting a bribe. . He also decided on the amount: 100,000 TL.

As a matter of fact, one evening when the producer opened the door and entered the house with his family, 47,500 TL was thrown under the door and strewn across the foyer. After some hesitation, he realized it was out of Naruto’s head. The incident was reported to TRT management and police action was taken. Public disclosure of the incident undermines the credibility of TRT competitions. After all, he was the winner of 11 contests that attempted bribes, and the questions from those contests may have been leaked to Nath earlier in exchange for bribes. was given. The producer was going to order Nath to demand a bribe of his 100,000 TL and give the money to his brother-in-law. A police officer is taken red-handed while receiving money as if he were the brother-in-law of the producer.

The plan worked as planned. Except for an unexpected turn of events: Naruto had come with his wife to deliver a bribe, and soon after he was detained red-handed, his wife fell ill and suffered a heart attack. His wife was sent to the hospital and Nath was sent to the public prosecutor’s office. Naruto was released on bail of 50,000 TL after being in prison for some time. When Darabuka or someone with a similar job asked where he got this money, it turned out that Nath traded his wife’s bracelet to pay the producer. He said he did this with his wife’s consent, according to the tone. My third and final wife, Nourie Hanim, said, “You won all the competitions during the time of my second wife, Ms. Sabahat. I was advised to do it,” said Naruto. What if the bracelet you exchanged to enter the contest is wasted? This is known red-handed day. Nath brought his wife to prove his innocence. Nurie understood that the bracelet money would be used to decorate her chest, but unfortunately her heart could not bear this crime scene.

After his wife was released from the hospital and he was released from prison, he had answered 37 of the 48 questions posed in the contest. He proved it again at Nart’s home, along with his Nokta Magazine reporter’s testimony that he saw on television. He was the “King of the Competition”. Nart, who answered before the question was completed, explained why he resorted to illegal means even though he knew it. I wish you luck when you hear the news of the 15-year competition.”

Mehmet Yussel Nath watching a quiz show at home…

A Knowledge Contest Fit for the Spirit of the Times

Quiz was a kind of program that dominated the Turkish agenda as a modern form, even in the age of radio, with contributions from newspapers and magazines. When, just as cultural physical movements inspired by Swedish gymnastics shaped the body, so did popular culture based on short and concise encyclopedic information shaped the mind. The first to become popular on stage was the Ipana Quiz provided by his comedian He Orhan Boran. Boran would often joke to contestants that he “won the toothpaste squeeze” because it’s sponsored by the Ipana toothpaste brand. These quizzes were programs that presented contemporary, urban, educated, mostly middle-aged and male contestants as ideal citizens. As such, contestants above and below a certain age, under-educated, from rural areas, women, and with disabilities dominated the public agenda for days and months through the media. . . For example, the press claimed that Halle Bakakol, who had a great success in a contest called Banco, which was broadcast on TRT a few years after the Yusel Nath scandal erupted, lost his eyesight from reading too much. My religious grandmother, who told you before that she believed school knowledge would “destroy” us, was happy to believe this. Baccol.


Halle Baccall

Competitors and Presenters Winning the Political Landscape

In recent years, athlete typologies such as women over 65, men under 30, aggressive, hyperactive, depressed, arrogant, ignorant, brave, insane genius, and even ‘ugly’ have been successful in competition and one of them is finished. The other, born with the aim of creating overseas millionaires, keeps news portals and social his media busy both on the day of the contest and the day after. Originating from presenter Kenan Ishuk, the presenters and format changed as the billionaire contest flooded in and Turkey’s political and cultural environment changed. The selection of presenters and contestants, questions and conversations during filming became increasingly local, national and religious in content. Female contestants were instructed not to wear low-cuts as they might take free kicks due to different camera angles. Did. She was told to bring a family photo when she visited. They were projected on a huge screen, and while experiencing moving moments, they emphasized that we are a family-centered society. Participants who were unaware of questions about religious and spiritual values, such as the stanzas of the national anthem and basic details about the life of the Prophet Muhammad, were lynched on social media. They were criticized for being corrupt, ignorant, arrogant and arrogant. Families of successful people were honored and presenters kissed the hands of mothers and fathers in the studio and congratulated them for raising good young people for their country and nation. Several contestants were selected to make it possible. A Kurdish contestant who later learned Turkish had a lower level of education but a higher level of marital courage, and his life, his story, his family relationships, his way of speaking, his body, and his language, his demeanor, and his naivety. Declared “funniest contestant”. The loneliness of the big city, the obligation to get his father’s permission, and the reckless submission of a solo entry to a competition that did not pretend to be intelligent, cheered audiences and presenters, and later on his social media. all stop. This contestant was undoubtedly exposed to discriminatory attitudes in his daily life, both in the studio and on social media.

Initially handed out encyclopedias, books and small prizes, these contests have turned into programs that promise larger prizes, household items, vacation programs, cars and houses. Television broadcasting and extension of broadcasting time. Of course, the questions asked were no longer of the type to probe general culture. As the boring seriousness of TRT moved away and private channels became permanent, name-city-animal, sometimes scratch-type game-like contest content emerged.

In our culture, the typology of curious, literate, questioning, and amassing people is as alienated as it is falsely respected. Knowledgeable competition. He must hire an attractive and charismatic male host who promises a large sum of money. The host can warmly communicate with the audience in the studio or on screen, encouraging the contestants when necessary, establishing emotional/physical contact, and positioning themselves when necessary. There are emotional and tense moments. Because this is Wheel of Fortune, Survivor’s way of keeping up with his style of competition.