I get that.
Much in the same way I feel an affinity for England and Denmark having grown up in England for half my life.
However, in Ozil’s situation, I think he’s being disloyal and disrespectful to a country who have provided him and his family with opportunities, liberty, wealth and democracy that wouldn’t have been afforded to him in Turkey. His family left for a reason, and him doing that photo op with Erdogan is a slap in the face to Germany after the remarks he made about Germans being nazis as well as all of the Turks who actually live and have to deal with the consequences of his rule. Why is it that the most fervent supporters of Erdogan the dictator are the ones who live in Denmark, Netherlands, Germany etc. and aren’t actually affected by it?
What makes it worse is that Gundogan is there with him playing that whole “Erdogan is my one true president” LOL Not a great look given what Erdogan stands for.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t give a shit if Ozil came out and said “I love Turkey, kebabs are better than sauerkraut and Istanbul is the best city!”. Whatever, that’s fine, but this political support by a huge celebrity that is fucking WORSHIPPED by Turks of a political figure being internationally castigated for his human rights abuse, gay rights abuse, freedom of expression abuse etc. is NOT FUCKING COOL. Especially when you and your family have moved to a country and lived in a country and made use of the wealth and infrastructure and democracy benefits of that country that stands for the complete opposite.
If SRCJJ came out and said “I love Morocco, it’s sick, the food is amazing, the culture is great and Rabat is an awesome city” I would give literally no shits. However if SRCJJ came out in support of Muhammed VI as an amazing King and the King he really owed his loyalty too rather than Queen Elizabeth (whatever, let’s roll with it for the example) then I would be just as critical and disdainful because Morocco doesn’t exactly have a stellar record when it comes to womens rights and homosexuality.
I think the DFB should have kicked him and Gundogan out of the squad to start with. And I would say the same about Pione Sisto or Youssuf Poulsen of the Danish national team if they came out in support of some backwardass fascist dickheads from their countries of origin or even Peter Schmeichel if he had supported some far-right extreme Polish politician back in his day.
Trust me guys, I know all about people with dual-heritage. I’ve only ever gone to international schools with kids of dual or even triple heritage and have known hundreds of them, but I still feel very strongly about treating your adopted home country with respect. ESPECIALLY if you left your original country because you were fleeing war, persecution, poverty etc. and not just some diplomat or expat who got moved there.