Sometimes I think that the Thai Censor board have their priorities all wrong. Every night, in the Thai soap operas, we get scenes of men hitting and even raping women and then finally marrying them as if that made it alright. But, according to the Bangkok Post this morning, a brief shot of two teenagers, who are seen in a movie trailer about to kiss, is too immoral for our youth to watch. Their lips don’t even touch but the Office of Cultural Promotion want this cut from the trailer. Presumably, also from the yet to be released movie.
They are objecting as they are too young and also because the girl is in her student uniform. They are worried that students who watch the movie will get the wrong idea. Are they joking? Don’t they realize that Thai teenagers are doing this and a lot more? I remember reading in The Nation last year that nearly 100,000 teenage girls give birth every year. The youngest were only nine years old. These statistics don’t count all of the illegal back room abortions that we now know is very common.
This is the offending trailer (watch on youtube). See for yourself as to whether the movie will contribute to the corruption of Thai youth. The movie is called Love Julinsee (เลิฟ จุลินทรีย์ รักมันใหญ่มาก Ruk Man Yai Mak) and is due to be released in early March 2011. Personally I think that this kind of censorship will just encourage more people to go and watch the movie. What do you think about this decision of the censors? Should they focus on the real reasons why more Thai teenagers are getting pregnant these days?
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