Underboob Outrage

Published on 17th March 2015 by Stickboy BKK

With Monday usually a slow news day in Thailand the announcement from The Ministry of Culture that “underboob selfies” were now considered illegal and anyone posting such images online could be punished with a jail term sent mainstream and social media into a frenzy.

Yupa Taweewattanakijbaworn, Director of Culture Surveillance Bureau, warned that uploading “obscene” photos to the internet was punishable under the 2007 Computer Crimes Act and that young women should refrain from copying the Western trend of taking “underboob selfies”.

Ministry of Culture spokesman Anandha Chouchoti chimed in, “When people take these ‘underboob selfies’ no one can see their faces, so it’s like, we don’t know who these belong to, and it encourages others to do the same.

“We can only warn people to not take it up. They are inappropriate actions.”

underboob outrage

First things first. The “underboob selfie” is anything but a trend and most certainly not new. The “underboob selfie” became popular back in the 90s thanks to the likes of FHM & Maxim magazine. Women posting underboob pics online has been a “trend” since the days of MySpace and has been a popular pose ever since.

Reuters say it’s a “social media trend that has gone viral” with The Guardian calling it a “a current social media trend” … really? Where? Here in Thailand? If so, please feel free share some links to back up your claims because Stickboy Bangkok and many others would love to see these “trending” pics.

Both news outlets mentioned above, and many others, have been had and are talking out their ass. I guess that is what happens when you rehash a misinterpreted story and don’t bother to do any research.

The truth, as far as Thailand goes, is the “underboob selfie” hasn’t gone viral or become a trend. The only thing that has gone viral is the story saying such photos are now illegal. The “underboob selfie” isn’t a popular pose here in The Kingdom. So much so that yesterday I struggled to find more than two shots of Thai women who had uploaded and shared such selfies.

All this underboob outrage over what? An announcement? Reminds me of another announcement that sent the internet wild.

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