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Ferrari boys drive us all to distraction

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The Ferrari boys have made our blood boil. Cruising Bangkok’s streets in their super-steeds, the two kids with rich dads, speaking in faux English accents, expound their beliefs on how the country is being ruined and how it should be run, how immoral the Thaksin regime is and how their friendship, forged in battle, is stronger than steel, or something like that. It sounded like they rehearsed the script in front of a mirror for days, for they were so happy to hear the sound of their own voices, to show the world how great it is to be themselves. 

In the popular video report by Vice News, a global specialist in rock ‘n’ roll journalism, the two Ferrari-driving young men are called “royalist elite” and “PDRC leaders” and their cocky behaviour and insufferable conceit speak volumes about the cocoon of self-entitlement that some people box themselves in. Their ideas are narrow and self-defeating; they lecture us about the vice of corruption and how Thailand is run by cronyism, then one of them admits on camera that his whole life has been lived through string pulling. “The connections that you’ve been collecting for your whole life are going to be used every day single day of your life.” They speak about their privilege with the indifference that only the privileged can master; their lives are anesthetised by the airless bubble they call life. And then we have this award-winning line: “That’s something I love about you,” says one Ferrari boy to the other, “you have a number of Ferraris but not one in red colour.”

Outrageous, definitely, but not unpredictable. Sure, it’s a rare bonus to witness wealthy anti-government protesters (calling them “PDRC leaders” is a stretch) make a fool of themselves in front of a camera. So we smirk at their smirks, we feel satisfied watching these self-satisfied elite. We dislike them, or what we think is their kind, even more than we originally did. The video, for all its strength as an emotional hot-button, hardly adds anything to our struggle to comprehend the conflict and check the radicalisation of thoughts. We (including myself) like it because it confirms our prejudices instead of challenging them.

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