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...
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...
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...
By Saksith Saiyasombut Note: The views expressed here are solely those of the author and not of Asian Correspondent and of the other Siam Voices authors 2011 is history and looking back on Thailand this past year, it has been yet another eventful year that brought some answers, but many more questions to the wide-spread problems that continues to plague the...
By Saksith Saiyasombut A music video with suggestive lyrics, the singer’s even more suggestive stage performance, and her moral scolding on national TV is the latest episode of yet another Thai sexual hypocrisy. Yet again, the outcry comes from those who claim to protect anything ‘Thai’ and lash out against everything that is allegedly not,...
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