July 5, 2022

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Thai airline's April Idiot's tweet about Munich flight route angers royalists

April Idiot’s day has come and gone, however the repercussions of these pranks might have taken on their very own lives, dwelling past the celebrated ‘vacation’.

As is the pattern in the previous few years, corporations have jumped onto the April Idiot’s bandwagon by making bogus bulletins a couple of particular new services or products they’re providing.

A few of them are nice, an excellent variety of them make you cringe, and a few are simply downright harmful.

Solely humorous when it isn’t linked to the king.

IMAGE: Khaosod English

Funds airliner Thai VietJet realized the arduous method that making a joke even minutely linked to Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn (often known as Rama X) is a no-go, contemplating the Southeast Asian nation’s strict lèse-majesté legal guidelines – rendering the King or anybody within the royal household proof against (and above) any type of criticism and dissent.

In a now-deleted April Idiot’s tweet, workers at Thai Vietjet introduced that the provider could be flying a brand new worldwide route: Nan Province, Thailand to Munich, Germany.

To anybody not aware of the goings-on of Thai politics and most of the people notion of the Thai monarchy, this joke may appear just a little.. underwhelming and maybe just a little complicated. However to maintain issues brief and snappy, Rama X is notorious for his love of Bavaria (the state that Munich is situated in), and sometimes spends his time there versus finishing up his royal duties in Thailand. You may learn extra about it within the hyperlink under.

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Accompanying the King on his frequent and prolonged Bavaria journeys? His Royal Noble Consort, Sineenat Wongvajiraphakdi, who hails from Thailand’s Nan Province.

Is smart now, proper?

Let’s simply say it did not sit too properly with ultra-royalists, who have been naturally angered by the tweet and threatened to boycott the airline. One activist lawyer, Srisuwan Janya, even filed a police grievance of royal insult and laptop crimes, saying the tweet “confirmed intent to offend”.

Too little, too late?

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Although the tweet made no direct point out of Rama X or anybody affiliated with him, the airline deleted it and apologized the following day, saying senior administration wasn’t conscious that the tweet marketed a “flight route between a province in Thailand and a metropolis in Europe, which led to many public reactions”.

“I wish to apologize to the Thai folks as soon as once more for such incident,” mentioned airline CEO Woranate Laprabang, hoping to quell the anger felt by Thai royalists.

As of press time, it is unclear whether or not police will keep on with investigations, or whether or not the workers concerned with the tweet will face any penalties in line with lèse-majesté violations.

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Cowl picture sourced from VietJet Air and Reuters / Insider.