Muta, Munin, Nopnapa and co, watch out, you're in a deep, err, pit. The bitchfest, the slap party, the stink, the Flaubertian scandal, the diabolical Siamese twins, the joy of jealousy - all of these you're accused of promoting, turning them into the pride of Thai television and poisoning the purity of the land. Like tear gas. Like live broadcasts of parliamentary debates. And now, dear Muta and Munin, the senatorial watchdogs are after you, calling for your pretty heads, setting you up not as the worst, but the baddest example. All of this despite the fact that your melodrama will end on Dec 4. Girls just want to have fun, don't they?
Yes, but someone thinks it's gone too far. Far where? That's another matter. After the moralist clamour over the past few months regarding the excessive drama of men-snatching of Rang Ngao, the fuss refused to die down. Two days ago the Senate committee for social development invited representatives from the Culture Ministry to discuss what should be done to curb, prevent, stop (they didn't say censor) the baleful vibes spread through the airwaves by the story of a twin, Munin, who takes a home-wrecking revenge against the man who once wronged her twin sister, Muta. That man also has a gay son; in a recent episode, the father whips the boy with a belt, sparking an official uproar, in addition to the much-publicised alarm over the show's portrayal of man-eating vixens and sexually manipulative debutantes. In short, addictive stuff - stuff we watched as we grew up to be journalists or bureaucrats or ministers or senators.
We've been through this off-screen soap before. Last year a national hysteria was stoked by the series Dok Som See Thong, which featured the beautiful serpent Reya, another careerist home-wrecker who later had her Les Miserables moment when her story became a hit musical. Addictive stuff, I told you. That time, it was the Culture Ministry's chief watchdog Ladda Tangsupachai who brandished the crusader's flag (or a sword, or an AK-47); this time, it got even more gnarly, like Munin's fate indeed, with the flag-bearers including the Senate committee, the Culture Ministry as well as the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), emerging from the Euro Championship and 3G rackets into another strange and malarial swamp of Thai TV.
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