Smashed, hung and shot, iPhone becomes symbol of Turkish anti-Americanism

Apple’s iPhones seem to become the new symbol of Turkish anti-Americanism.
Sunday 19/08/2018
A screengrab shows a Turkish man posing to hit an iPhone.
A screengrab shows a Turkish man posing to hit an iPhone.

ISTANBUL - Supporters of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) raced to show solidarity with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a diplomatic dispute between Turkey and the United States escalates.

Many took to social media to react to US government sanctions on Turkey and to double tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium imports. Reactions increased after Erdogan called for a boycott of US products, advising citizens to use mobile phones produced in Turkey.

Apple’s iPhones seem to become the new symbol of Turkish anti-Americanism, with videos on Turkish social media of cruelty against the devices replacing images of US dollars being burned.

In one of the videos posted on social media, a man takes the iPhones of his friends and smashes them with a sledgehammer. Many made fun of the video because, at the end, there is the sound of an iPhone ringing in the background.

Politicians joined the social mobilisation. Two deputies of the Nationalist Movement Party, AKP’s ally in parliament, went to a store where one sold his iPhone to buy a Samsung and the other smashed his iPhone under his feet.

Websites selling second-hand goods are crowded with Turkish people selling iPhones to join the boycott against US goods.

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