The BBC’s in trouble for a story it ran on the new king of Thailand

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The BBC is in trouble in Bangkok, after the broadcaster ran a profile piece on the new king, that authorities found objectionable.

The profile piece was published on Friday last week, a day after King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended to the throne following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October.

On Tuesday, 10 police officers reportedly visited the BBC Bangkok office, but found it was closed.

The offending Thai-language article has been blocked in the country, and apparently carried some details that opened the new king to criticism. Read more…

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People are mad at this prank video making fun of Thai people’s English

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A popular YouTuber is copping a lot of flak for a prank video he posted, where he appears to make fun of Thai people not being able to speak English.

The American YouTube star, Nate Bartling, lives in Thailand. In the video, shot from a distance, he goes up to people on the street and tries conversing in English.

In one segment, he asks two Thai men if they’re having their period, to which they nod. “Yeah? Me too, me too,” laughs Bartling.

And in another, he asks someone for a trash can, and she sheepishly shakes her head in incomprehension. Read more…

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