Prawit's birthday cake leaves a bad taste
Palang Pracharath members ordered a new birthday cake for party leader Prawit Wongsuwon on Thursday after the original drew scathing reviews for bad taste on social media.
The design of the original cake showed the figure of a man supposed to represent Gen Prawit standing on the national flag in the shape of the country. It bore a message reading: “Happy birthday Gen Prawit Wongsuwon” and the logo of the Palang Pracharath party.
When images of the cake appeared online, the responses were anything but sweet.
“Is that real?” Thai Sang Thai Party's Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan asked on her Twitter account. “You’re so powerful that Thailand is under your feet?”
Student activist Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak asked on Facebook whether the cake represented desecration of the flag, which is a criminal offence.
The Palang Pracharath party planners made a new cake.
Gen Prawit, a deputy prime minister and luxury watch enthusiast, turned 77 on Thursday.
Learn from listening
- desecration (n): the action of damaging or showing no respect towards something holy or very much respected -
- enthusiast: a person who is very interested in something and spends a lot of time doing it - คนที่กระตือรือร้น
- flag (noun): a piece of cloth with a special coloured design on it that may be the symbol of a particular country or organization, or may have a particular meaning. A flag can be attached to a pole or held in the hand - ธง
- logo: a printed design or symbol that a company or an organization uses as its special sign - โลโก้, เครื่องหมาย
- offence: a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment - การกระทำผิดกฎหมาย
- represent: to be an example or expression of something - แสดงให้เห็น, เป็นเครื่องหมายของ
- supposed: believed to be; thought to be - เป็นที่เชื่อว่า