Criticizing the teen singer: Weekly News Magazines, June, 2017

[Last week marked the final issue of the venerable Nation Weekend, which finally ceased publication as the media moves more to online publications and away from printed periodicals.]

From Manager Weekly, June 10-16, 2017
Main cover reads: Burapha Eastville. Trade corridor (free arms sale)
[The man on the cover is Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan. This refers to the recent case of weapon smuggling by a military man. Burapha East are the “Eastern Tigers” military clique who makes up most of the military. This ridicules the military, which espouses lofty and idealistic goals for the country, while overlooking arms smuggling in its own ranks.]

Top: Looking closely at the cause of [pink] ‘Pu-Praiya’ vs [orange] OMEGA
[Refers to actress and model Praiya ‘Pu’ Soandokmai who was discharged from being a presenter for “Friend of OMEGA” aglledgedly due to violating her contract. The article claims to disclose all the details of the case.]

Bottom: End ‘Preaw’ with a secret behind drug trafficking
[The woman is Preeyanuch ‘Preaw’ Nonechai and the man is Thawatchai ‘Kao’ Aomchompoo. Refers to a recent sensational murder case. Preeyanuch ‘Preaw’ Nonechai and her friends admitted to be murders and later investigation linked the case to a drug trafficking network as she escaped to Myanmar with the help of Thawatchai ‘Kao’ Aomchompoo who allegedly has good ties with the drug groups. The pictures on the right show when Preaw was arrested and was photographed with police officers. Later, the photos were criticized by the public as the police seemed to be treating the suspect like a celebrity.]

From Siamrath Weekly, June 16-22, 2017
Main cover reads: Roadmap [red] ‘May’
[Refers to Ariya ‘May’ Juntanugarn who became the first Thai ever to be No. 1 in woman’s world golf after winning the US professional golf LPGA tournament. The “roadmap” refers to the junta’s roadmap to democracy. here it seems to indicate the march to a Thai gold No. 1]

Top right: A political trap
[The man in the picture is PM Prayuth. The article refers to the junta’s attempt to maintain their power longer than their promise.]

From Matichon Weekly, June 16-22, 2017
Main cover reads: The 5th question. Lamyai Haithongkham

[Refers to teenager singer Lamyai Haithongkham who was criticized by PM Prayuth for her sexy dancing and outfits. “The 5th question” refers to the four questions asked by PM Prayuth to the public earlier in what was perceived as laying the groundwork for an indefinite delay of elections.
This magazine jokes that the prime minister’s fifth question is a frivolous comment about a minor celebrity.]

Top right: Dream high and reach it (finally). Nong May is praised as No. 1 in woman’s world golf
[Refers to Ariya ‘May’ Juntanugarn who finally become No. 1 in woman’s world golf after there was an erroneous calculation that she would take over the No. 1 spot in early June.]

From Lokwannee, June 17-23, 2017
Main cover reads: A leader who loves traveling
[This headline reworks the title of the song ‘A woman who loves traveling’ by teenager singer Lamyai Haithongkham. Recently, PM Prayuth criticized the singer for provocative dancing and outfits.
The cover compares PM Prayuth to the leader of the North Korea where people are controlled by the government. The signer’s name, Lamyai means a longan (held in Prayuth’s hand on the cover) and Haithongkham means golden jar, which is also a slang term for a woman’s sexual anatomy.]

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