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5 Dec 2016

Mr Gay World Thailand stirs up controversy

A gay doctor who was awarded Mr Gay World last week has been criticised online 

Dr. Pattanachak Wipadakul, 30, was crowned Mr Gay World Thailand 2017 in a competition last week.

He will represent the country at the Mr Gay World 2017 competition to be held in Madrid, Spain next year.

Photos of Pattanachak Wipadakul sporting a traditional khon headdress alongside skimpy white underpants have gone viral, however, and drawn condemnation for performers in particular.

Performers of khon, a genre of traditional Thai performance art, consider their headdresses sacred and represent the art that has been passed on to them for generations.

“The first time I saw this photo, I was speechless. I'm disappointed and saddened. How could you do this to a khon headdress? You're not a performer, so you may not think it's offensive, but I am, and I can't accept it,” a viral post from Facebook user Aum Make Up Nartthaphong wrote.

“Honestly, I'm crying inside. I am saddened that a Thai person did this.”


Reader's Comments

Comment #1 was deleted by its author on 2016-12-05 21:47
2. 2016-12-05 21:46  
Maybe Dr. Pattanachuk's costume was selected by a costume staff and was not of his choice. Before you come down on him, it my be worthwhile investigating whether he had an power over his costume selection
Comment #3 was deleted by its author on 2016-12-05 21:47
4. 2016-12-06 14:29  
No matter what a person does, it seems someone else chooses to be offended. If the costume was indicative of (and representative of) the wearer's country, and was not treated with (or worn with) disrespect, I see no cause for outcry or drama over its use. Had a woman worn the same thing with the type of bathing suit usually worn it beauty pageants, would there have been the same reaction?
5. 2016-12-07 06:18  
Good for them!

Standing out and showing they are different individuals.....wearing the same awful t shirts.

Still, it highlights the idiots not to waste time with.
6. 2016-12-07 10:14  
So... Who exactly is "Aum Make Up Nartthaphong"? Knowing whether he is local gay man or not may add some context to his statement.

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