Sometimes I think that the Ministry of Culture doesn’t live in the real world. I know that they are trying to preserve Thai culture, which is a good thing, but sometimes they are acting more like the Taliban in dictating how people must live their lives. During Songkran the other year they objected to a video clip of a teenager dancing topless at a new year celebration. They said that it wasn’t part of Thai culture and that they should be dressed properly. It was then pointed out that the banner on their own website featured topless Songkran beauties.
Now comes the news that the ministry is upset with Nok Air’s sexy calendar for 2013. Nok Air are running a competition on their Facebook page for 300 people to win this calendar. Three of the pictures were posted last night and so far they’ve had 5,251 likes and have been shared 1,390 times. Once this story hits the newspapers I’m sure that these numbers will go up. There is no such thing as bad publicity. And judging by past cases, anything that the Ministry of Culture doesn’t like, be it a website or video, will quickly be catapulted into an Internet sensation.
What do you think? Are these pictures exploiting women and should be banned or is the Ministry of Culture sticking its nose in where it doesn’t belong?