OK, I'm very happy you haven't left, Utroque!
Some of my best friends are "Young Turks," you know!
There is a real problem when someone of the statue of Erdogan speaks like that about Byzantium, would you not agree, especially when Turkey wants to enter the EU.
And, yes, "jerk" isn't a word someone should use as it is rude and in very bad taste (my Kozak ancestors are probably turning over in their graves right about now . . .).
It's bad enough that the Byzantine tradition was villified in the West (with its very own Borgias and the like). The Byzantine empire was quite civilized (for one thing, it never expanded its existing boundaries by military conquest). That, er, "Turkish gentleman" doesn't seem to know an enormous amount about Byzantine history . . .
What about "Turban Cowboy?"
Please stay on. It's time for old fellows like me with barely a leg to stand on to retire. Cheers,