BP has already blogged on Yingluck’s speech in Mongolia and the insult directed at her by the Thai Rath cartoonist who stated that Yingluck is an evil woman who sells the country, but also implied she is worse than a whore.
However, on social media, in some online forums, and in some news articles it has been pointed out that the cartoonist did not mention Yingluck’s name.
Chai, whose real name is Somchai Katanyutanan, posted pictures of Yingluck with a caption: “Please understand that prostitutes are not bad women. Prostitutes only sell their body, but a bad woman has been wandering around trying to sell the country.” However, Chai did not mention whom he meant on the post.
The problem with this argument is if you look at the Facebook Post:
BP: The post consisted on two items; the comment and the photos. The post states “please understand, whores are not evil. Whores just sell their body, but the evil woman sells [her] country” so it is specifically talking about a woman. Yingluck is not only in all three photos contain Yingluck she is the only women in the photos.
In an interview with the Bangkok Post, the cartoonist specifically states he was referring to the PM in his FB post:
[Q] With the “evil woman” statement, what were you trying to tell people?
[A] It was to imply that the prime minister‘s speech was tantamount to selling the nation. I do not mean selling the national interest. It was more to the effect of making Thai people lose face. It is like losing face from verbal blunders. Speaking negatively about one’s own country is like betraying the nation. It makes foreigners misunderstand Thailand. A leader does not speak about personal matters or a political conflict in public because it is about manners and principles. The prime minister made two mistakes: saying something that was out of place and lying.
BP: So that is cleared.
btw, his thoughts about what constitues betrayal of the nation and the limit on what the PM can speak about are interesting…..