Sila Sahin is a German actress of Turkish descent best known for her role in the hit soap opera Good Times, Bad Times.
She is considered the model of how a Muslim woman should be in the modern world; until now.
Her naked photographs graced the cover and pages of the German edition of the famous men’s magazine, Playboy. She said her decision to pose nude is for “freedom” and that the photographs are a liberation from the restrictions for her childhood.
Unsurprisingly, this enraged her family and triggered condemnation from conservative Muslims. Angry and threatening messages have been posted on forums and websites. On a television interview, when asked what he would do if Sila were his daughter, a kebab shop owner said, “I would kill her. I really mean that. That doesn’t fit my culture.” The Islamic Community in Germany is even calling for a boycott on her.
The repercussions were expected and she is asking forgiveness from her family. Her mother has cut off all contact with her. “My mother is still angry. It will be even more difficult with my grandparents, my aunts and my uncles,” she said. Fortunately, she was able to talk to her father who is concerned about the backlash she faces from the Muslim community.
Sila said that her controversial move is a call to action to other Turkish women suffering in restrictive and abusive settings. “For years I subordinated myself to various societal constraints. The Playboy photo shoot was a total act of liberation.”