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Phrases like "How can I take off your clothes?" in Thai, in joke language learning ad on US TV sets off angry YouTube comment storm. 




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Govt wants Youtube sex spoof removed

4 Feb 2013
Online Reporters

The government plans to ask YouTube to remove a video clip mocking the sex industry in Thailand.

The clip is a parody of a commercial for the Rosetta Stone foreign language learning programme. The spoof was produced by the popular American late-night television show Saturday Night Live.

In the video, foreigners are interested in learning the Thai language so they know how to say things like, "How much?", "Is that for the whole night?" or "How can I take off your clothes?" in Thai.

Culture Minister Sonthaya Khunploem said on Monday that the Culture Watch Centre is working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in an effort to have the video removed from the world's most popular video sharing website.

The government will also inform the United States embassy that the commercial spoof is tarnishing Thailand's image and will ask the embassy to explain the situation to the producer of Saturday Night Live, Mr Sonthaya said.

The parody has drawn many negative responses from both Thai and foreign netizens on YouTube.

Most Thai internet users were not impressed with the video, saying the joke is too harsh and not at all funny.

An internet user posted in Thai, "The Americans behave like this and this is why they're bombing their country." 

"Even though it might be true, the producers should not offend Thailand this way," another Thai commented.

As for foreign netizens, some commented that people should not take the spoof too seriously but most were disappointed with it.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Govt wants Youtube sex spoof removed, 4 Feb 2013, Online Reporters, link


Parody and Censorship Vocabulary

censorship - when the government has parts of books, films, videos removed so the public cannot read or see them (because they are considered unsuitable for moral, religious or political reasons)  การเซ็นเซอร์, การตรวจสอบสื่อต่างๆ เพื่อตัดส่วนที่ไม่เหมาะสมออก (See Wikipedia)
 
parody - to copy something or someone in a way that makes people laugh; caricature, satire, lampoon ล้อเลียน, วรรณกรรมล้อ; การเขียนล้อเลียน, การแต่งเพลงล้อเลียน (See Wikipedia)

spoof - imitating something or the style of something to make fun of it and make people laugh at it; parody หยอกล้อ,ล้อเล่น,ยั่วเย้า
sex spoof
Youtube sex spoof

remove - to take something away เอาออกจาก
remove Youtube sex spoof
Govt wants Youtube sex spoof removed

mocking - when you laugh at someone or something in an unkind way หัวเราะเยาะ, เย้ยหยัน
a video clip mocking the sex industry in Thailand
The government plans to ask YouTube to remove a video clip mocking the sex industry in Thailand.

Sonthaya Khunploem - the Culture Minister of the current Pheua Thai government and son of organized crime boss and convicted murderer Kamnan Poh, was also an executive of Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai party โลหะ,สนธยา คุณปลื้ม (See Wikipedia)

commercial - an advertisement on TV or radio
parody of a commercial - something that looks like the commercial (but actually uses it to make people laugh)

Rosetta Stone - a computer program for language learning, "uses images, text, sound, and video to teach words and grammar by spaced repetition, without translation" (See Wikipedia)
The clip is a parody of a commercial for the Rosetta Stone foreign language learning programme.

Saturday Night Live - popular American late-night television show that started in 1975 (See Wikipedia)
The spoof was produced by popular American late-night television show Saturday Night Live.

effort
- an attempt to do something; the energy and enthusiasm that people put into an activity ความพยายาม
an effort to have the video removed

share - to let other people see or use something that you have
video sharing website - websites such as YouTube where you post videos for other people to see (See Wikipedia and Wikipedia List)
the world's most popular video sharing website

inform - tell people about what happened, report new information to people who don't know about it yet
embassy - a group of officials who represent their government in a foreign country สถานทูต
inform the United States embassy

image - an opinion that people have about something; the picture of something that people have in their mind ภาพลักษณ์
tarnish image - make a bad image or opinion in the minds of people
tarnishing Thailand's image

producer - a person who makes the practical and financial arrangements needed to make a film, play, television or radio programme ผู้อำนวยการสร้างภาพยนต์, ผู้ผลิต
the producer of Saturday Night Live

The government will also inform the United States embassy that the commercial spoof is tarnishing Thailand's image and will ask the embassy to explain the situation to the producer of Saturday Night Live, Mr Sonthaya said.

negative - bad ที่เป็นด้านลบ
response -  answer, something that people say or do after they see or hear something การตอบสนอง,
negative responses - when people don't like something and they tell people about it

netizen - an person "actively involved in online communities and a user of the internet, especially an avid one; internet + citizen = netizen; cybercitizen (See Wikipedia)
Thai and foreign netizens on YouTube.

The parody has drawn many negative responses from both Thai and foreign netizens on YouTube.

impressed - to admire or respect someone because of something that he or she has done or said; because of an unusually good quality or achievement ประทับใจ
not impressed with the video

harsh - strict, unkind and often unfair อย่างรุนแรง
too harsh
the joke is too harsh

funny - causing laughter; amusing, comical, humorous  ตลก, ชวนหัว, น่าหัวเราะ
not funny
not at all funny - very much not funny

Most Thai internet users were not impressed with the video, saying the joke is too harsh and not at all funny.

behave -  ประพฤติตัว, ประพฤติ
An internet user posted in Thai, "The Americans behave like this and this is why they're bombing their country." 

offend - to causing someone to be upset or angry ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดความขุ่นเคือง
should not offend

the producers should not offend Thailand this way
even though it might be true, the producers should not offend Thailand this way

take seriously
should not take seriously

take the spoof too seriously
people should not take the spoof too seriously

disappointed - unhappy because someone or something was not as good as you hoped or expected, or because something did not happen ผิดหวัง

As for foreign netizens, some commented that people should not take the spoof too seriously but most were disappointed with it

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