Misreable Bangrak District Office director Surakiat Limcharern has lodged a complaint with police over topless
female Songkran revellers whose sexy dancing near Silom Road was recorded and posted on the Internet.
It hurts the image of Thailand, in particular Silom, he ludicrously claimed: It distorts Songkran culture too. Close examination showed the topless revellers were young, so young that it dismissed my initial assumption that they might
have been workers in the redlight zone of Patpong.
Lodging his complaint at the Yannawa Police Station, Surakiat urged police to track down the teenagers who he claimed carried out obscene acts in public places.
Miserable National Police Commissioner General Wichien Pojphosri vowed action against both the topless revellers and their cheering crowds.
Miserable Culture Minister Nipit Intarasombat, meanwhile, wanted action taken against those lending loudspeakers and stereo systems for the topless dancing: Apart from being fined, the topless girls should be required to do some cultural work.
For example, they should be made to read books about the Songkran Festival for young students to listen to as part of the punishment .
Video clips showing the topless Songkran revellers were posted on the Internet on Saturday, provoking a nutter 'outcry'.
Culture Watch Centre director Ladda Tangsupachai has disclosed that Nipit also instructed her to officially ask the National Police Office and the ICT Ministry to ban the video clips on the Internet.
In Phichit, two transvestites were fined yesterday for exposing their breasts during the Songkran celebrations.
In Chon Buri, Pattaya City's councillor Rattanachai Suttidechanai said all entertainment venues were told not to stage pornographic shows.
Update: Oops, Thai Minstry caught 'destroying the image' of Thailand
25th April 2011. See article
Image rapidly deleted from the
Thai Ministry of Culture website
lest they 'destroy the image of Thailand' again!
The buzz in Thailand in the past week (before the renewed border fighting with Cambodian troops) was the scandal caused by the topless teen dancers during the Songkran Water Fighting Festival.
The photos and videos of the three girls dancing bare breasted in Silom, Bangkok immediately went viral and generated intense debates on Thai culture and morality. The girls were slapped with a 500 Baht ($17) fine while the person who uploaded the
video received a 100,000 Baht ($3,320) fine and a possible prison term for up to five years in violation of the Computer Crimes Act.
The Thai Ministry of Culture ludicrously condemned the girls for 'destroying the image' of Thailand.
But embarrassingly, netizens spotted that very same accusatory ministry were themselves 'destroying the image' of Thailand.
The image [right] of three topless topless women enjoying Songkran was featured on its website and was mysteriously removed when spotted immediately after the Songkran topless dancing incident.
The censored image was of the Nang Songkran (Thai Goddesses of Songkran) painting by Sompop Budtarad.
Thai Connoisseur observes that the three teenagers were merely embracing the more traditional, and somewhat forgotten aspects of Songkran:
...three young Thai ladies embracing the more traditional, and somewhat forgotten aspects of Songkran, by dancing in much the same way as their great grandmothers would have done back in the days of Siam. In other words,
bare breasted! Who can blame them? I think it is a good thing for the young people to revive forgotten traditions of one's ancestors.
Harrison George, writing for Prachatai, comments on the hypocrisy of the authorities
Where the young women went wrong was doing it for free. Theirs was an economic sin, not a moral one. If they had done the same thing in a bar a few hundred yards away, they would never have been bothered by the law. And got
paid for it.