Bangkok Post Insults Snoop Dogg

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Internationally acclaimed rapper Snoop Dogg (now known as Snoop Lion) has flown to Thailand for a concert. He is presently on holiday in Phuket. The local newspaper there had an opportunity to do a photo op and one of these pictures was picked up by the online edition of the Bangkok Post. Incredibly, the headline that they chose was “Snoop Lion/Dogg tries to wai/fails”. So much for Thailand being a tolerant society. Most guidebooks say that Thais are very forgiving and so even if your wai isn’t perfect, they will still smile and be proud that you tried. Not the Bangkok Post who labelled Snoop Dogg as a failure. In his defense, he flew straight from India where that “namaste” greeting is perfectly acceptable. However, in the Thai version, the elbows don’t stick out so much and are kept more straight with the body. But, at the end of the day who really cares? At least he made an attempt. There is no need to insult him. Hopefully this article will be taken down.

Here is some feedback that was tweeted to me:

(US Ambassador) RT @KristieKenney: @RichardBarrow I think the “tries to” part is a gracious gesture by a non-Thai guest.

(Official Thailand Tourism Page for UK) RT @fanclubthailand: We think his Wai is good! Sawasdee ka @SnoopDogg

4 thoughts on “Bangkok Post Insults Snoop Dogg

  • January 17, 2013 at 6:57 am
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    How did a previously convicted felon get a passport from USA and be allowed to enter Thailand?

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    • January 18, 2013 at 7:37 am
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      The same way a convicted Thai got a passport, and Visa to enter the United States, I guess….

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    • January 26, 2013 at 12:10 am
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      He served out his time. Why would ex-cons be denied a chance to live normally once they have paid their dues?

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  • January 26, 2013 at 12:12 am
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    Celebrities are fair game for snubs like this… controversy sells, and ultimately benefits both the paper and Snoop Whatever (or Lady Gaga earlier on). It’s not like they’re mocking a random tourist.

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