Have you ever had a photo or video posted of you on Facebook that is not your hottest? Now imagine if you are part of a royal family…and people are constantly sending this video around to each other…
Recently appointed king of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, was caught on video wearing a yellow crop-top, walking around a shopping mall with his wife, eating ice cream, and showing off his tats. But don’t worry, the tattoos are just temporary.
The Thai government enforces a lèse-majesté law, which basically means it is a crime to insult the king. So potentially for sharing this video in Thailand, you could be imprisoned. For up to 15 years.
The Thai government is not having any of this. They are putting Facebook under pressure to take down the video. Facebook would have to take down dozens of its servers to stop the video from circulating. Thus far, 131 Facebook pages were deemed to violate these lèse-majesté laws, only 34 of which were taken down. This is all part of a greater conflict between the government, Facebook, and King Vajiralonkorn’s quirky tendencies. 105 people have been arrested under the lèse-majesté law in the past year, according to The Worldwide Movement for Human Rights.
However, this isn’t Vajiralonkorn’s first stint. The Thai king has a history of a living a lavish European lifestyle. He was also known for throwing parties for his late poodle Fufu, who was appointed the position of the air chief marshal in the Royal Thai Air Force. This dog had been known to appear at functions dressed in a dinner jacket.
So given this history, citizens of Thailand may not be all that shocked to see him rocking a crop-top in public? Maybe? Then again who wouldn’t be shocked to see a 60 year old man in a crop-top.