Since Monday 9 November, the media company Workpoint Entertainment has been on Twitter’s hit list.
In its popular celebrity boxing show “10 Fight 10,” the Monday episode saw actress Focus Jirakul in the boxing ring to congratulate her actor boyfriend, Kitkasem “James” McFadden’s TKO victory over Chalie “Nak” Trairat.
The stage was full of celebrities, of which the MC, Kan Kantathavorn, gave mic time to several, except Focus.
The snub enraged social media who took it as a snub, not just of Focus, but of democracy.
In the ring, Focus displayed the white ribbon of freedom and democracy on her wrist and hair. She has been vocal in support of the Ratsadon Movement.
The incident led to social media digging through other Workpoint Entertainment programs that exposed toxic masculinity and exploitation of children for the sake of ratings.
Hence, the hashtag “Ban Workpoint” (#แบนworkpoint).
Here are two examples:
Rape jokes are common on Thai TV.
In this link, the video clip of a comedy skit shows one man asking another for permission to rape his wife. The husband’s reply was no, he would rape his wife himself.
Shows that exploit people’s tragedies are also common.
In this link, Phanya Nirunkul, chairman of Workpoint and one of Thailand’s most popular TV hosts, pressures an 11-year-old girl suffering from Hutchinson-gilford syndrome to look in the mirror and describe how she feels.
He also asked her how long she has left to live.
In the name of ratings, Thai TV programs are notorious for the exploitation of sex, gender, and children. Depictions of rape where the victim later falls in love with her attacker is a common theme in Thai soap operas.
But as rights awareness is on the rise and the cancel culture becoming a potent tool for the public, perhaps changes are coming.