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Is topless painting ‘an act of violence against the public’ in Thailand?

By Sat, Jun 23, 2012 1:54PM UTC 0 Comment

By Kaewmala It’s been almost a week since the topless painting scandal broke but the fuss still keeps dragging on, and on – a bit surprising given the normally short attention span of both the media and the public. While many in the Thai public are by now quite fatigued by the latest bare breast...

Thailand’s topless talent show shock: Are some breasts more equal than others?

By Tue, Jun 19, 2012 12:17AM UTC 24 Comments

By Kaewmala It’s bound to happen again – and again. That is, yet another scandal exposing tender feminine flesh and Thailand’s uneasy relationship with female breasts. Why, for all its peculiar mammophobia (the correct term is mastrophobia by the way), Thailand just can’t get enough of breasts, especially the bare kind. It’s an untreated national...

On ‘100% Thai manliness’ and the reality of LBGT in Thailand

By Thu, Jun 07, 2012 10:30AM UTC 0 Comment

By Saksith Saiyasombut On Wednesday, a rather confusing headline made the rounds when a Thai actor told that the country’s Ministry of Culture (or as we call it here “ThaiMiniCult”) ordered TV executives to ensure that “100 per cent male” actors should not play transgender roles on TV. Naturally, such a bold statement caused at...

Thai “Macbeth” movie banned over fears it causes ‘disunity’

By Wed, Apr 04, 2012 10:00AM UTC 0 Comment

By Saksith Saiyasombut “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” (Three Witches, Act I, Scene I) The Tragedy of Macbeth is a famous play by William Shakespeare that tells the story of a man and a woman on their bloody path to the throne of Scotland and their violent downfall, driven by arrogance, paranoia and death. The...

Foul-mouthed chat app has Thai Cultural Heralds up in arms

By Mon, Feb 06, 2012 10:30AM UTC 0 Comment

By Saksith Saiyasombut We thought we would hear less of Thailand’s National Knee-Jerk Outrage Machine (“กลไกสร้างปฏิกิริยาอย่างไร้ความยั้งคิดแห่งประเทศไทย”, trademark pending), also known as the Thai Cultural Heralds or ThaiMiniCult, now that that there’s someone new in charge at the Ministry of Culture. But apparently it was just a matter of time, and now they’re back to bemoan...