Not only can he be funny!
Bülent Ceylan (47) fills the largest halls with his comedy shows. The man from Mannheim also likes to laugh privately. But when it comes to one topic, Ceylan doesn’t understand fun at all: the increasing success of the AfD and the Shift to the right in Germany. That’s why he has now released the song “Lieder gegen Nazis”.
Ceylan to BILD: “My message is: Don’t allow racist statements. Think of charity again!” He understands that many people are dissatisfied with the current government, “but folks, don’t let right-wing extremism gain the upper hand.” The song “Lieder gegen Nazis” from his album, which will be released next year, is an affair of the heart for him.
Bülent to BILD: “As the son of a German mother and a Turkish father, I had to repeatedly experience xenophobia and racism myself. We can not permit that. The right-wing developments in Germany also make me very concerned about my four children.”
LISTEN TO BÜLENTS SONG “LIEDER AGAINST NAZIS” HERE
His four children, between babies and almost of age, are his motivation. “I try to raise them very open and philanthropic. But I don’t know what will happen in ten or 20 years.” Because they are already experiencing xenophobia.
Bülent Ceylan to BILD: “I’m in the public eye and it’s important to me to be heard here. I don’t want my children to ever say, ‘Dad, you could have said something. Why didn’t you ever say anything?’”
Nevertheless, he is concerned about possible reactions to his song. “Since I’m a Christian, they say the devil always wants to scare you. And don’t let fear rule you. But of course I have natural concerns when it comes to my family or friends and the future of the country.”
But that doesn’t stop him. “I just have to open my mouth and tell my fans and others: ‘Hey, guys, think about what’s happening out there right now, it has to stop, no more xenophobia.'”