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Beitrag von Waitong » Mi 5. Mär 2014, 06:39

Taking On Thailand’s Crisis With a Bit of Western Bite

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BANGKOK — For their newscast last week, the hosts of “Shallow News in Depth” invited three dancers dressed in the style of the ancient Thai royal court to offer a musical tribute to the head of Thailand’s army: a gesture of appreciation for his apparent refusal to launch a coup.

Gyrating to an incongruous Thai country song, the cast blew kisses to the camera and shouted in unison: “We love you, army chief! Kiss kiss!”

Founded by two Thai-Americans, “Shallow News in Depth” is a low-budget weekly program posted to YouTube that employs a type of Western humor not common in Thailand — acid-laced sarcasm — and draws on the deep well of paradoxes, absurdities and mangled logic of Thailand’s otherwise deadly serious political crisis.

The show has been running for five years but has seen its viewership soar into the hundreds of thousands in recent months as the crisis has escalated.

“If you take seriously everything happening in Thai society, you will go mad,” said Winyu Wongsurawat, the co-host of the show.

Irony is in plentiful supply in Thailand today: A billionaire tycoon is praised as the champion of the poor. A scandal-tainted politician leads a mass movement against corruption. Protesters declare that they need to block elections to save democracy.

The show has drawn inevitable comparisons to “The Daily Show,” the satirical American news show anchored by Jon Stewart.

“Shallow News in Depth” follows a similar format of celebrity interviews, commentary on news and humorous dispatches by reporters on the streets of Bangkok.

But with its ultrafast, chaotic pacing and its silly antics, “Shallow News in Depth” is “Jon Stewart on crack,” in the words of The Bangkok Post, an English-language newspaper.

Mr. Winyu, whose nickname is John, founded the show with his sister, Janya Wongsurawat, the lead writer. Both say doing the show is a type of comedic therapy for a crisis that is wrecking friendships, splitting apart families and raising blood pressure in a land once known for gentle smiles and a knack for compromise.

Mr. Winyu spends hours flipping through Thai news broadcasts to glean material for the show. He says he is rarely disappointed.

“I was watching television two nights ago, and someone was saying that an election was the equivalent of overthrowing democracy,” Mr. Winyu said in an interview in the small, threadbare office that serves as the show’s recording studio. “I was thinking, ‘What? How have we reached this stage?’ “

Thai politics have become such a circus that reality can be hard to trump.

Protesters in Bangkok are vowing to overthrow the government and banish from Thai politics the prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, and her billionaire brother, the still-influential former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose populist policies have made him a hero to many of Thailand’s poor. They are indeed opposing the current election and doing all they can to thwart it.

They have taken over major intersections in Bangkok and blocked people from voting in a number of districts in the city and southern Thailand, enough disruption to delay the election process for weeks, if not months.

In the meantime, Thailand is deadlocked and lacks a fully functioning government.

The cast of “Shallow News in Depth,” which is also hosted by Nattapong Tiendee, an electrical engineer by training, say they are equal-opportunity insulters. The show has ridiculed protesters for calling themselves the “great mass of the people” while blocking elections they knew they would lose. It mocks the protesters’ ceaseless habit of taking “selfies” while protesting.

It portrays Mr. Thaksin, who is in self-exile after being overthrown in a 2006 military coup that helped kick off the present cycle of turmoil, as a satellite orbiting the country.

And it constantly pokes fun at the country’s color wars. Mr. Thaksin’s supporters are known as red shirts, while the movement to oust him was led by so-called yellow shirts. (The crisis has also spawned groups known as black shirts, white shirts and multicolored shirts.) Mr. Winyu once conducted an interview bare-chested to drive home the point that he was not taking sides.

“We are not to be taken seriously,” he said. “We are just clowns.”

Yet underlying the show’s relentless satire and sarcasm are strong doses of social criticism and civics lessons.

Mr. Winyu and Ms. Janya’s father is an American-trained political scientist who met his American wife, also a university professor, while studying in Illinois.

They are not afraid to pursue potentially bone-dry topics, like recent decisions by the country’s Constitutional Court that have left many legal scholars flummoxed.

In November, the court ruled that a constitutional amendment to transform the Senate from a partly appointed body into a fully elected one was an attempt to “overthrow” democracy. That week, the show delved into a lecture about the separation of powers among the judicial, legislative and executive branches. Mr. Winyu pointed out that three of the judges were on the panel that revised the relevant sections of the Constitution in 2007, and thus would have been expected to recuse themselves.

“There’s a conflict of interest? No way!” Mr. Winyu said, with mock horror and disbelief.

Mr. Nattapong, the co-host, says the show has a message. “But it must be a sugarcoated pill.”

The show turned profitable three years ago, said Mr. Nattapong, who manages the business side. Other Internet endeavors the trio have begun make more money, including their most lucrative show, “Beauty Guru,” which offers tips on how to apply makeup.

Running the show on YouTube gives them freedom from the corporate pressures and self-censorship of Thai television networks, Ms. Janya said.

“We would have to tone it down a lot to make it acceptable for TV,” she said. But there are still taboos. Ms. Janya says the show does not touch the subject of the monarchy; laws protecting the royal family have been broadly interpreted by courts in recent years, and penalties can be severe.

The political crisis has been comedic gold, she says, but some Thais are so weary of the crisis that they are eager to disengage from politics altogether.

“How many times can you feature people saying these ridiculous things?” she said.

“Nobody is shocked anymore.”


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Beitrag von bukeo » Mi 5. Mär 2014, 07:49

vielleicht sollte sich Suthep mal in lockerer Atmosphäre mit Thaksin usw. treffen.
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Beitrag von berndgrimm » Mi 5. Mär 2014, 13:10

Waitong hat geschrieben:The political crisis has been comedic gold, she says, but some Thais are so weary of the crisis that they are eager to disengage from politics altogether.
Die Thais haben in der Tat eine sehr kurze Aufmerksamkeitsspanne und versuchen immer
die Probleme auf Andere abzuschieben.
Eine weitere Doofheitsshow braucht man in Thailand in der Tat nicht.
Davon gibt es schon Tausende.
Der grösste Erfolg der Demonstrationen Sutheps ist die Tatsache dass Leute
die früher nie auf die Strasse gegangen wären endlich einmal aktiv werden.
Was Thailand fehlt sind ernsthafte Politik Talkshows wo die Regierenden
nicht davonlaufen können.
Auch wenn nur relativ wenige Leute sowas sehen möchten.
Nur soetwas gehört zum politischen Erwachsenwerden!
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Beitrag von berndgrimm » Do 6. Mär 2014, 11:41

Was sind schon Thailands professionelle Clowns
gegen die Polit- und Militärclowns:
In response to the caretaker premier's concerns that the presence of soldiers' bunkers may impact the image of the Thai capital, Army chief Prayuth Chanocha has suggested the bunkers be decorated with flowers or pink curtains.
Prayuth said he will consider improving the look of the bunkers but stressed they were still needed to provide protection for the people. :zustimm:

Caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra recently expressed her concerns during a meeting with Prayuth and other top brass about the issues. She asked them to consider improving the bunkers and do something about the presence of soldiers carrying weapons in the capital.

When asked about the premier's concerns, Prayuth jokingly said he might have to think about decorating the bunkers with flowers or hanging pink curtains.
Wenn man auch noch ein paar Go Go Girls davor tanzen lassen würde,
wäre es sogar eine neue Touristenattraktion!
Und Thaksins Rote Teilzeitterroristen dürfen Knallfrösche auf die Touris schmeissen!
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Beitrag von Somrak » Sa 8. Mär 2014, 14:39

Die Rechtsstaaten Russland und Thailand arbeiten zusammen um nicht
nachweisbare Drogen
zu verfolgen.


The Nation :? :? :? (Spinnt wohl auch ein wenig!?)
March 8, 2014 1:00 am

Thai police and Interpol have tracked down and arrested a Russian wanted for conspiracy to deal in illegal drugs, the Thai News Agency reported yesterday. :totlach: :bloed: :idiot:

Yuri Chemanov was arrested after close collaboration with Interpol :?: , Thailand's Interpol branch head Pol Colonel Apichart Suriboonya said. Interpol had contacted Thai authorities to help track the suspect after he fled Russia for an alleged synthetic marijuana conspiracy :bloed: :joint: :totlach: , a fast-working drug that cannot be detected by sniffer dogs. A tip-off led to the suspect's arrest on Samui Island in Surat Thani.
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Hasta la victoria siempre

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Beitrag von berndgrimm » Mo 13. Okt 2014, 05:38

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In an interview marking his upcoming "Frankenstein-ocracy" exhibition, The Nation's editorial cartoonist Stephane Peray, aka Stephff, denies he was sexist when making fun of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in his political cartoons.
Yingluck will certainly be a star at the exhibition featuring the 60 political cartoons published in The Nation. Her caricature has taken over the spot her brother Thaksin held in Stephff's first exhibition eight years ago.

"Yingluck's been a favourite cartoon for the past few years. But it's not easy to make fun of a female prime minister without her fans accusing you of being sexist and misogynistic. I consider it as fair to make fun of her woman's touch since she was the one who tried to take advantage of it," he said.

The French artist admits it is difficult to draw cartoons during this critical time in Thai politics. The challenge is that he had to try to keep balance.

"I get insults from both camps. Yet, it's a good sign that you are upsetting them with bits of truth. I've learnt to appreciate being insulted because it is the ultimate proof that the nail is being hit on the head ... And that's what cartooning is supposed to be," the cartoonist said.
Ich bin immer ein Fan von politischen Cartoons gewesen.
Die treffen die Politclowns meist besser als jeder Text.
Und die meisten Cartoons die ich kolportiere sind von Stephff.
Stephff started drawing editorial illustrations for The Nation in 2003 and his cartoons and star characters well reflect the country's political scene. This time, his new solo exhibition will feature the likes of Yingluck, Suthep Thaugsuban, Abhisit Vejjajiva and the upcoming star coup-maker Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Many assumed the coup would bring less artistic freedom - but in the world of cartoons, Stephff said that his work is now slightly easier as the coup has really calmed down the situation in Thailand. "I'm pretty sure the coup has achieved that 'cool down' effect," he said.

Yet his 60 political cartoons, when put together, illustrate a powerful influence on Thai politics. This led to his first exhibition plan at Alliance Francaise on October 2-18 being cancelled by the venue. The military did not forbid it but the venue organisers feared the exhibition would lead to trouble. The cartoonist then looked for a new place to host his works and found "Cho Why" near Chinatown - but only for one day, from 7pm till midnight.

Having Prayut added as a new "star" of his show is inevitable, thanks to the PM's character. He said that Prayut was a fantastic cartoon character with so much potential.

"He can be as sexist as Berlusconi - he has a certain 'I don't care what the West thinks about me' of Mahathir or Chavez. Don't forget that leaders who reject the West are always very interesting and favourites as cartoon characters," he said.
Es ist bezeichnend für die schizofrenen Westler dass die gleichen Leute die den Putsch
verurteilt haben hier vorauseilende Selbstzensur betreiben!
People would imagine it rather difficult for him to express his artistic freedom in Thailand. On the contrary, Stephff is rather content with the present scene.

"I think I have quite a lot of freedom in Thailand. I have been published in many Muslim countries, in many European countries, in China, in Malaysia, in Singapore, and in Cambodia.

"Let me tell you this loud and clear: you don't enjoy editorial freedom in those countries like you enjoy it in Thailand. Try a cartoon about Hun Sen in Cambodia or Mahathir in Malaysia and the chief editor will get a phone call the next day. So, yes, I enjoy a fair amount of freedom in Thailand. And so far so good with

the new military regime," Stephff said.
Das glaube ich ihm unbesehen.
Für mich gibt es in Thailand nicht zuwenig sondern zuviel Freiheit.
Nicht Meinungsfreiheit sondern die Freiheit für Kriminalität und Gewalt
die es hier für zuviele Leute gibt.Ohne jegliche Verantwortung!
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Beitrag von berndgrimm » Sa 4. Mär 2017, 04:22

Stephff traut sich mal wieder was, wurde auch höchste Zeit!

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Wetten dass dies kein Thai versteht? Besonders die Betroffenen nicht!
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