Aguilera Music Video Upsets Thais

Reply Sat 19 Oct, 2002 09:27 am
By The Associated Press

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP)--One of pop singer Christina Aguilera's latest music videos has Thais decrying not its explicit dancing and revealing costumes, but a Thai-language billboard in the backdrop that alludes to the country's sex industry.

Saharat Wannachomphu, marketing director for BMG Thailand Co., the local distributors of Aguilera's new album, said the company had decided not to air the video for the song "Dirrty'' on local television, the Nation newspaper reported this week.

In the video, the scantily clad 21-year-old dances in a boxing ring next to a wall with posters in Thai that read "Thailand's sex tourism'' and "Young underage girls.''

Thai officials have expressed their dismay with the video, which was aired repeatedly by the Nation's cable television station on its news programs reporting the controversy.

The Nation newspaper quoted Preecha Kantiya, acting director for the
government's Commission on Contemporary Arts Office, as saying local and foreign businessmen are too profit-oriented to present a genuine image of Thailand. Instead, they preferred to use Thailand's seedier side to serve their business goals, he said.

Saharat told the Nation newspaper BMG Thailand has informed its parent company in the United States the video has upset Thais.

Although prostitution is illegal in Thailand, it is widespread and generally ignored by police.


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Reply Sun 27 Oct, 2002 09:41 pm
So, Do you think that "they"were to harsh, or do you think that they are really getting out of hand with the "sexy video" thing??
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Reply Sun 10 Nov, 2002 06:50 am
thai's are spending much money to refurbish the country's image. see how much advertising they are into to get more of the tourism slice that's getting smaller and smaller these days. and then a "scandalous" video would put all their efforts in vain. the thing is for any country, the people do not want their skeletons out of their closets. of course prostitution is widespsread, PI not an exception. red districts abound, yes, but of course we would just want to shut our mouths about them. we do not need to be reminded of them.
im not probably making sense, but understand the inside culture of a consevative country. it's confusing to be wanting to get ahead and yet afraid to ditch what has been conventional. naturally people are wary of which ideas/concepts of the 'self' to toss in the drain, and which ones to carry into the next era (of self re-discovery?)
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Craven de Kere
Reply Wed 13 Nov, 2002 06:13 pm

The economic side is a good point. I've heard of a few cases where developing countries spent a great deal trying to change the perception of their country and then become irked at something that dredges up what they are trying to eliminate.
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