As I mentioned [stderr]: Fuck his highness Vajiralongkorn of Thailand.
Thailand’s “guy who was invited to become king by a military junta” is apparently more thin-skinned than the U.S.’ “man who would be king.” While America’s pouting prince of pomposity tweets and trumpets about “fake news” Thailand’s unelected asshole has been moving to ban any speech that bothers him at all. I bet his fellow dictator wanna-bes are all biting their thumbs in envy.
As Cory Doctorow reports [boing] Thailand has extreme lese-majeste laws that prohibit, retroactively, criticizing the king. Or, basically, anything that annoys the king. Thailand threatened youtube over this video:
This is seriously embarrassing: if you’re going to go out looking funny, own it. The problem isn’t that he looks silly, the problem is that he feels silly. The king needs to take lessons from Eddie Izzard, or RuPaul. He doesn’t even wear his ink well, which I always find sad – if you care enough to get the ink, you should care enough display it.
The latest is that apparently the king is upset over a Thai-subtitled version of “The Great Dictator” including a famous speech by Chaplin, which apparently hurt the king’s feelings. In the name of the Streisand Effect, let me share it with you:
Guys like his highness do more to deconstruct the legitimacy of government than a thousand anarchists, every time they go to the mall.