In Çürük – The Pink Report four young men recount their experiences in the military and with the exemption process. It becomes clear that no matter how ludicrous or perverse the means, an exemption is by far the lesser evil – Horror stories of gang rape in the military are common discussions in the Turkish gay scene.

The image of a »real man« is clearly defined in Turkey. While gay men are second-class citizens (as women often are), gay men that dodge their military service are considered among a third class.

Thus the film delves into much more than human rights violations in Turkey – it takes issue with the roll of the military, the limitations of freedom of opinion, homophobia and not least the complex meaning of manhood.