New Edicts

by Nathan Hamm on 8/12/2004

So, when you’re in Turkmenistan enjoying your stay at the ice palace, remember that the people on TV don’t look right because television make up just isn’t acceptable.

“You put too much make-up on female TV presenters whose faces would be paler without it. Her own, natural colour is better,” President Saparmurat Niyazov said.

“Sometimes you even put make-up on the lads. Then I really cannot tell the two apart,” he said at a meeting with cultural and television representatives shown on state TV on Thursday.

Also, there’ll be no more spitting.


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