Thai King video wag pulls YouTube clip
Site still blocked, however
The creator of a 44 second skit on Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which yesterday prompted Thailand to block YouTube, has voluntarily removed the video, Reuters reports.
The offending vid outraged Thai Buddhists principally because of "the juxtaposition of a pair of woman's feet, the lowest part of the body, above his [Adulyadej's] head, the highest part of the body".
Thailand asked Google to remove the video, but it declined. Accordingly, Thai communications minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom told Reuters "he had ordered a block of the entire site from Thailand after the ministry's attempts to get the offending page removed last week failed".
Although the film is no more, Sitthichai said the administration would "continue to block YouTube as two images deemed offensive remained".
Sitthichai bemoaned: "We have told them [Google] how deeply offended Thais were by the clip, but they said there was much worse ridicule of President Bush on the site and they kept that there. I don't think they really care how we feel. Thailand is only a tiny market for them."
YouTube told Reuters it was "looking into the matter". It said in an email statement: "YouTube reaches a wide global audience and strives to provide a community where people from around the world can express themselves by sharing videos in a safe and lawful manner." ®
it's not about sensitivity
i'm sure that the goverment act is very well support by thai people. it's not that we don't support free speech here in thailand, but there's limitations and rules. and if u don't follow the rules when u r in thailand, then u go to jail, simple as that. for those who went to jail for defacing the poster of the kings have received a royal pardon. i'm sure there's some stupid laws in other countries that everyone think it's absurd, but hey...it's a law. by saying that u have a bomb in usa, u can go to jail for that....(oh..free speech?) in some countries u don't. does this mean usa is backwards country? public disturbance here does not have the same equivalent somewhere else. y can't you just call black people by n word...u just don't, cuz it's disrespecting. and if u do, do you think those people gonna support your organization? people in different places have their own cultures and believes. we love our king, everyone here have a very high respect for him. so as a country, we want to show that we don't support someone who disrespect our king.
Understanding a Culture
I usually don't post twice on things like this, but there have been a lot of comments stating that most foreigners just don't understand Thai culture, such as...
"It seems the only people that commit these acts are foreigners that haven't got a clue."
...However, the YouTube clip in question had to have been created by someone with an EXTREMELY good understanding of Thai culture and taboos. Someone ignorant of Thai culture could never have pushed buttons so accurately.
That clip was a message created by someone who understood Thai culture, and featured cultural symbolism that for the most part only Thai people would fully understand. And that means it was either created by a Thai who was willing to mock their king, or a foreigner who understands Thai culture quite well.
But both of those are nigh impossible, if the comments here are anything to go by. ;)
Lets look at the people of Thailand
When I see a legless beggar crawling past a gilded temple, a dog (the King loves dogs) riddled with diseases, a street littered with refuse, or a bus belching out pollution, I wonder what the citizens of Thailand are doing to create a better environment and a better society.