That Dress

Chotiros Suriyawong in That Dress This has been a big issue in the local news recently, and is not at all a cheap excuse to use this frankly wonderful photograph.

Obscure Thai actress, Chotiros Suriyawong (pictured), wore the dress to the Subhanahongsa Awards – Thailand’s equivalent to the Oscars – in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat). She’s also a liberal arts student at Thammasat University, Bangkok. Form an orderly queue outside the campus, guys.

Of course, this being Thailand, the reaction has been predictably insane. “I don’t want my actresses to dress that way,” said Somsak Techaratanaprasert – president of the Sahamongkol film production house. “We are not a porn production house, and it goes against Thai culture.” Presumably this is the same culture that has play-for-pay girls (and ladyboys) dancing stark naked for leery punters (Thai and farang) every night, across the country.

Somsak has ordered her role in Sahamongkol’s latest movie to be edited out. University officials (the awards where the dress was worn were held 162 miles away from the university) have stopped short of suspending or dismissing our heroine, but have instead ordered her to perform 15 days of community service, reading to the blind. Of course, the blind are the one section of the local community unable to truly appreciate her presence. Amazing Thailand.