Pattaya expat angers Thais with satirical cartoons

Published:  23 Apr at 12 PM
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An expat in the Thailand resort town of Pattaya has caused a stir among locals by sharing satirical cartoons deemed offensive among Thais on his Facebook wall.

Photographer Harris Black’s images resulted in him being criticised by a number of news websites after they were reported by the Naewna Online agency.

The cartoon, entitled ‘Do Visit the Real Thai!’ features five main Thai characters that are concealing what the creators views as what really goes on the in the Southeast Asian country.

The first painting features smiling farmers hiding the cartoonist’s perceived perception of the oppressed farmers in the country, while another of a Thai woman donning a tradition costume hides a prostitute behind her. In the third image, Buddha hides murders, while a fourth features exotic wild animals with both illegal poaching and logging going on in the background.

A number of Thais posted comments telling Black that if he was unhappy with the country then he should go home, to which he replied that he did not make the cartoon, he simply shared it. He added that it was meant to say, whether good or bad, no one is perfect, insisting that he didn’t deserve the criticism.

Despite the negative posts, which included one woman saying that she loved her country and was hurt by what she saw, other Thais supported Black, claiming that there was no need for anger as what was posted reflected the reality in Thailand. One noted that instead of pretending these kind of things did not happen, Thailand must realise it is a real problem and try to fix it.
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