Post Today published a list of 64 Thai celebrities who publicly support the pro-democracy Ratsadon Movement.
In Thailand, traditionally, celebrities shy away from politics due to the fear that making public their political stance might affect their professional livelihood.
When they go public, however, in the past, it has been on the side of the establishment, as the elite conservative class runs the entertainment industry.
Nonetheless, the past four months of political protests have ushered many changes in Thailand. Increasingly, celebrities are endorsing the anti-establishment, pro-democracy movement. They do so knowing the risks of job cancellations and advertiser pullouts.
Here are ten celebrities who have spoken out in support of the Ratsadon Movement.
The movie star is known as the “pipeline” for the protestors. She helps to provide food and raise money for the movement.
On the evening of the violent crackdown on 17 November is the areas surrounding Parliament House, she posted:
“I have to run the show, coordinate it, transfer the money, and send things to the protest. I could only hang out in the zone nearby. I work and I cry. Damn it. I can’t take this. I really can’t take it. Why must you do this?”
The Miss Thailand Universe 2017 is among the first of the celebrities to have spoken out publicly in support of the Ratsadon Movement.
In regards to the arrest of key Ratsadon activists, she posted:
“Peaceful protest is not a crime.”
Ammy, (Chaiamorn Kaewwiboonpan) is the singer of the band The Bottom Blues. He has emerged as one of the key Ratsadon activists. He was even arrested for his political activities. He’s best known for splashing blue paint onto police officers on 20 August 2020 when protestors showed up at the police station to show support for their arrested friends.
In regards to the Democrat Party and House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, he posted:
“To the Democrat Party, now you are Thai society’s rubbish. You are no different from slaves to feudalism.”
Focus is a young actress and among the latest celebrities to have come out to support the protestors. While risking her job professionally, her social media followers and popularity have increased significantly due to her political stance. She posted:
“Allow me to speak as a citizen. We grew up in a country where corruption is normal. A country where there are as many drugs as poor people. A country that values money over knowledge. A country that teaches saving, but the people have nothing to eat. A country that gives away money, but doesn’t teach how to make money. A country where inequality is everywhere. A Buddhist country that kills one another, but can’t accept prostitution. A country where police and soldiers see the people as the enemy. A country where soldiers have more power than the people. A country that values titles over humanity. A country where we are the dust under the feet. I want to ask the elders, as a new generation person, why can’t we want a better life? Why must we accept the old ways? Why don’t you support us since we are the country’s future? I don’t know when our demands will be met. I don’t know if some elders may live to see that day. But I am certain we fight for a good cause.
From a citizen who loves Thailand.
(Do not chase me out of the country. I won’t go.)”
He’s the founder of ANGKRIZ and a celebrity English-language teacher. He has spoken up against the elitist notion that “the poor just don’t work hard enough.”
“Before saying someone doesn’t work hard enough, please look at the situation the person is in. Some have tried a hundred or a thousand times harder than us. But the social structure they have to face is very difficult for anyone to succeed.”
He’s an iconic movie star who, unlike many celebrities, has stayed out of the tabloids and maintained a quiet personal life. But there’s something he can’t stay quiet about, especially when it comes to violence.
“Violence is not the answer.”
He is a TV show host and the President of Miss Grand International. He posted:
“Democracy is a system where we must respect and listen to all people, regardless of the different opinions. Why would the people elect you into parliament, if the government doesn’t listen to the people?”
He is an actor and also the great-grandchild of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram, Thailand’s former military dictator. After the violence on 17 November, he called out on the authorities.
“There’s no reason to justify what you have done today. The more I keep up with the situation, the more puzzled I am by the authority’s action. You don’t have to worry about violence from the people’s side, because you initiate all the violence.”
She’s Miss Thailand Universe 2020. In regards to the crackdown on protests, Amanda posted:
“The usage of violence, the high-pressure water cannons, and the tear gas may hurt them and slow them down. But it doesn’t solve any of the problems they [the protestors] speak of.”
She’s Miss Grand Thailand, 2020. When she was crowned on the stage, Pacharaporn said this in her speech:
“From my heart, I choose the protestors. We have the right to freedom of speech and the right to choose what is best for our country.”