What the 23-year-old female contestant on Thailand's Got Talent painted with her breasts was a mess. It wasn't art. The performance was crude and tasteless, cheap and tawdry, appealing to the lowest common denominator. Be that as it may, she had every right to perform, with the appropriate blurring of images, of course.
Last Sunday's performance on the popular reality TV show definitely made an impact. The audience cheered. The two male judges loved it. The lone female judge walked off the panel.
''This is degrading to Thai culture!'' That's the most frequently invoked cry against any speech or expression deemed ''un-Thai''. But according to this logic, wouldn't Thai culture then be narrow-minded and intolerant, incapable of embracing the differences and diversities that come with freedom and democracy? I hope not. I find narrow-minded intolerance degrades Thai culture.
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