Sweet & Sour Mood as “Dictator TV Talk” new program background prop sparks meme

The Thais have an old saying of “Sanook” meaning to have fun, and this character, is very strong with the Thai people. For the past few day, since the Dictator, said he was going to change the back-ground screen on his regular meet the Thai people, many Thais have been having lots of Sanook, pitching Thailand’s Dictator, against all sort of very humorous back-ground. Literally, I was sitting there, and laughing my butt off for a long time, going through some of the pictures. But of course, the Dictator junta has little sense of humor at all, and proved to be a “Sour Puss” having come out and criticized, the Sanook of Thai people.

The following is from Khao Sod (Source)

28 November 2014, Last update at 15:58:00 GMT

Junta Leader’s Calls For ‘New TV Background’ Sparks Internet Meme

BANGKOK – A day after the military ruler of Thailand expressed his discontent with the “boring” background of his weekly TV show, hundreds of Thai netizens have responded by posting doctored images of the junta leader with new, hilarious backgrounds.

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, Prime Minister and chairman of the Thai military junta, complained to the press at the Government House on 25 November that the public is not paying attention to his weekly televised addresses as much as it should.

“Are you all bored of it now? Do you want me to dance in front of the camera next time?” Gen. Prayuth fumed.
According to a report on Matichon, Gen. Prayuth also instructed technicians at the Government House to change the background of the weekly talk show, which is called “Returning Happiness to the People,” because he believes more people would tune in to hear his words of wisdom if the background is adorned with “more attractive” images.

The current background is a superimposed image of the Government House and Thai national flag.

Hours later, a Facebook page called “Change the Background For the Dear Leader” was created, and its administrator asked other Facebook users to submit their creative ideas. Dozens of submissions poured in almost immediately.

One image shows Gen. Prayuth in front of a poster for “The Hunger Games” film series; a mocking reference to the movie that gave inspiration to anti-coup “three finger salutes” in Thailand. On 19 November, five student activists were dragged away by security officers after they flashed the salute at Gen. Prayuth during his public address in Khon Kaen province.
Another image places Gen. Prayuth with Hello Kitty background, while another Facebook user replaced the junta leader with a cat on the podium instead – a possible homage to the internet obsession with cats.

Gen. Prayuth seized power from the elected government on 22 May and was later appointed as Prime Minister in August by the junta’s rubber stamp parliament, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).

In the months preceding the military takeover, Gen. Prayuth addressed the nation once a week in an hour-long TV broadcast on every Friday night, in which he discussed the administration of the country, the economy, and other social issues.

However, Gen. Prayuth often veered from his script to offer personal wisdom and bizarre comments on Thai politics. In one address, the general told the nation that he is a selfless man who works untiringly for the country, even picking up garbage from the streets if he sees one. In another, Gen. Prayuth fumed at anti-coup protesters and advised them to raise their three-finger salutes in their own home instead of public places.

It is unclear whether officials at the Government House will change the background for “Returning Happiness to the People” for tonight’s airing as ordered by the junta chairman.

One thing is certain, however: none of the submissions to the “Change the Background” Facebook page will make it to the TV show. When a reporter asked him today what he thought about the entries on the comedy page, Gen. Prayuth responded curtly: “I’ve seen it. They are all disgusting.”

Gen. Prayuth is increasingly seen as an autocratic ruler who exercises his administrative power over the nation with an iron-fist. Since staging the coup on 22 May, the general has banned any public protests against his regime, intimidated the media to avoid publishing critical remarks about him or the government, and ordered brief detentions of over 300 people who were seen as sympathetic to the previous government.

In September, a spokesperson of the military junta, formally known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), urged Thai netizens to refrain from posting photoshopped images of Gen. Prayuth on the internet, as the images may “mislead” the public.

There have been people with ill intention altering photos of the NCPO leader and posting them on social media in order to mislead the public,” said spokesperson of the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Col. Winthai Suvaree at a press conference on 16 September.

“It is very inappropriate. It should not be done,” Col. Winthai said. “I am sure that the people are aware it is an effort to smear Gen. Prayuth.”

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