The Culture Ministry will not ban the controversial tourism promotion music video, Tiew Thai Me Hey, but will let the producer of the music video to amend some wordings and images which are deemed as inappropriate.
Culture permanent secretary Apinan Pohsayanont said Thursday that the producer of the controversial music video would be invited for a discussion about the change of some inappropriate wordings and images.
Personally, he said many people enjoyed the video in question because it was quite entertaining as it presented Thai cultural charms. However, he said officials at the Fine Arts Department felt that some of the scenes in the music video were not appropriate such as the scenes of Tosakan, the demon king, driving a go-kart, riding a horse or selfieing himself.
The video was commissioned by Tourism Authority of Thailand to promote tourism in Thailand.
The culture permanent secretary said he didn’t think TAT had any ill intention to blemish Thai culture but was not fully aware about how the cultures and arts were to be applied for publicity.
National artists in mask dance or Khone and in performance arts will be invited by Bunditpattanasilp Institute to give briefings about the two performance arts.
Mr Thirapat Thongnim, assistant rector of Bunditpattanasilp Institute, said the video producer should have consulted authorities concerned in the first place to avoid problem.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)