This story is hitting the newspapers in the United States.
There is a Thai knockoff of American style talent shows like America’s Got Talent and American Idol. Its’ called Thailand’s Got Talent.
This woman’s (Duangjai Jansaunoi) act, was to strip off her shirt, cover her nude torso with paint, and paint by squirming up against a blank canvas.
Her breasts were greyed out during the telecast so no nudity was actually shown.
Miss Jansaunoi is from Northeastern Thailand.
This is the reaction of one of the female judges (Pornchita Na Songkhla) who voted against advancing the contestant to the next round.
She expressed shock at the contestant’s inappropriate behavior.
Turns out the judge is a model and recently posed for nude pictures where she stripped topless and was photographed covered only in chocolate.
The male judges liked the painting and advanced her to the next round.
The Culture Minister, Sonthaya, Sukumol, has summoned the show’s directors for a meeting.
Mrs, Sukumol is described in the Bangkok Post as (http://www.bangkokpost.com/print/253544/):
Wife of well-known politician Sonthaya, Sukumol is better known among reporters as Nong Beer, and is a first-time MP under the banner of newly founded Palang Chon Party. At 35, she is the youngest minister in the Yingluck Shinawatra administration and the country’s youngest female minister.
Like Yingluck, Sukumol has been scorned by the media and political pundits as a puppet, a political proxy.
Until the July 3 general elections, Sukumol was a full-time housewife who had never been in the political limelight. She stood for election because her husband, Sonthaya, son of Chon Buri strongman Kamnan Poh, is serving out a five-year ban from politics after the Constitution Court ordered dissolution of the political party of which he was a member.
Armed with a bachelor’s degree from Assumption Business Administration College (ABAC), the minister concedes she lacks experience in cultural management.
How many ways does this whole affair capture the contradictions inherent in modern Thai culture and show the inexorable influence of western culture on traditional Thai values?
And how many ways is this just sooooooo funny.
Topless Thai Painter on Talent Show Stirs Debate
BANGKOK – An episode of “Thailand’s Got Talent” has stirred a morality debate after a contestant painted a canvas using her bare breasts, drawing a rebuke from the culture minister who called it “very shocking.”
Culture Minister Sukumol Kunplome said Monday that nudity on television is not considered appropriate in Thai society. She said the show’s producers have been summoned to explain why the segment was broadcast and the ministry will then decide whether to take action.
“This program is intended to showcase the talent of Thai people and it usually encourages youths to show their special skills,” the minister told reporters. “Still, there have to be some limits.”
The show, broadcast Sunday on Thailand’s Channel 3, featured 23-year-old Duangjai Jansaunoi, who walked onstage barefoot in jeans and a baggy men’s button-down shirt. She introduced herself as an independent artist from northern Thailand.
She then turned to a large canvas and painted a yellow outline of a person. She then removed her shirt, unhooked a black bra and doused herself with several tins of paint before turning to the audience with a broad smile to display her multicolored torso. The area around her breasts was blurred out by censors.
As dance music played, the contestant used her body as a paintbrush to fill in the outline.
Some in the audience gasped with hands over their mouths, while others cheered her on.
“If I paint in a normal way, then it would be too ordinary,” Duangjai told the judges after being handed a towel to cover up.
The judges then debated whether her act could be considered art.
“I’m not saying this is not good, but it’s not appropriate,” said the panel’s only female judge, actress Pornchita Na Songkhla. “Within the Thai cultural context, I don’t support this.”
As online chatter soared, some called Pornchita a hypocrite and posted photos from a 2010 fashion shoot in which her naked torso was covered with melted chocolate.
The panel’s two male judges advanced Duangjai to the next round.
“This is an art form. If we were in Italy, like Florence or Milan, or the Czech Republic, say Prague, this would be OK,” said singer Jirayut Wattanasin. The audience roared in support, many flashing “V for victory” signs.
Thailand’s Got Talent issued an apology late Monday.
Panya Nirandkul, the head of Workpoint Entertainment, which produces the show, was quoted by the Thairath newspaper as saying he was not aware the contestant would be topless and denied the act was staged to boost ratings. He vowed not to let the mistake happen again, Thairath reported.
Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country which remains largely conservative, despite its freewheeling image and a flourishing sex industry. Censors in Thailand regularly target a range of social offenses, blurring out cigarettes, alcohol and nudity on television and in movies.
Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker contributed to this report.