Wearing a revealing dress may guarantee an actress column inches, but in Thailand it can also leave her sentenced to community service and with her career in ruins.
Chotiros Suriyawong, a 22-year-old actress better known by her stage name of Amy, has been publicly vilified after she dared to turn up to Thailand’s version of the Oscars ceremony in a dress modelled on Elizabeth Hurley’s well-known safety-pin number.
She has been sacked from the cast of a film in which she was due to appear and ordered by her university to make a public apology and to do 15 days of community service by reading to the blind.
It’s a far cry from Thailand’s more usual image of freewheeling sexuality, with its nightclubs and “massage parlours”. But this is Thailand under the rule of the generals, who seized power in September. Ms Suriyawong has found herself on the receiving end of a morality drive launched by the authorities.
The dress she wore to the Golden Swan awards had a three-inch wide slit from the hips to the cleavage. It was conservative compared to the outfits that young Thai women wear in the tourist bars of Phuket or Bangkok’s Khaosan district. But it was too much for Suraphol Nitikraipot, rector of Bangkok’s Thammasat University, where Ms Suriyawong is a student. “Society feels this is a disgrace and that her actions have affected the reputation of this university,” he said.
Ms Suriyawong was reportedly forced to demonstrate to the university that the dress had specially sewn-in underwear.
I wonder how one goes about demonstrating swen-in underwear?
Guys, look, it’s OK, the underware is swen-in. Nothing sexy here, move on please.