Threats are being made against a Muslim actress for posing nude in the German edition of Playboy. Sila Sahin called the shoot "liberating." However, some in the Muslim community are using words like "slut" and "whore" to describe her.
Sahin is of Turkish descent and was raised in Germany. She stars in a soap opera there. According to a report in the London tabloid The Sun, Sahin said she agreed to appear in the magazine because of her strict upbringing.
"What I want to say with these photos is, 'Girls, we don't have to live according to the rules imposed upon us,'" said the 25-year-old. "For years I subordinated myself to various societal constraints. The Playboy photo shoot was a total act of liberation."
Not everybody sees it that way. Her parents, for example reportedly reacted with "horror." Her mother won't speak to her anymore.
There are also calls for a boycott of her. But that's nothing compared to threats left on Islamic web sites, which say she is "shaming Muslim womanhood" and "prostituting herself for money," as one person wrote. "She needs to be very careful..." while another wrote: "She must pay."
The German intelligence agency BND is monitoring the boards. One police intelligence officer said of Sila, "I think what she did was either very brave, or very stupid. She will be double-locking her door at night for a long time to come."
Especially after comments like this one from a man who was asked on German TV what he would do if Sila were his daughter: "I would kill her. I really mean that. That doesn't fit with my culture."
There have been a growing number of "honor killings" in Germany in recent years, which is home to about three million Muslim immigrants.