Weekly News Magazines: Rap Against Dictatorship, November, 2018

From Matichon Weekly, November 20-8, 2018
Main cover reads: Prathet Ku [red] Mee
[Refers to a controversial rap song titled “Prathet Ku Mee” or “What my country’s got” in English. This song criticizes the country under the junta.
After PM Prayuth urged the public to judge the song’s accuracy for themselves and said he would ignore it, the song’s views on Youtube skyrocketed and it became a source of debate in the country.
We are not sure why Prayuth is on a swing. “Mee” (in red) also has a “high voice” tone mark over it instead of the normal one. We are not exactly sure why this is, but something like this might signify to Thais that the person speaking is lying as it is said that those who lie speak as if they are using the “high voice” tone mark.]

Top: Leicester City doesn’t have… Thailand doesn’t have Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha anymore.
[Refers to the passing away of Thai billionaire and owner of UK football club Leicester City Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. He was died in a helicopter crash after taking off from the King Power Stadium in the UK. Vichai brought Leicester City in 2010 and helped the football club to win a championship in 2016.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, November 2-8, 2018
Main cover reads: Get stuck in the mud
[Refers to the junta led by PM Prayut facing a challenge on dealing with the rap song title “Prathet Ku Mee” by the Rap Against Dictatorship. This song criticizes the junta and calls for free and fair elections soon.
First, the police threatened people who shared the song on social media. This helped rapidly increase the number of views online and the public strongly criticized the junta’s petty attack on freedom of speech. Later, the police back down and said that sharing the song does not violate the law.]

From Manager Weekly, November 3-9, 2018
Main cover reads: Life goes on

[Refers to owner of King power UK’s football club ‘Leister City’, Mr. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who died in a helicopter crash.
After his passing away, his son, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (man with sunglasses) announced that he would now try carry on his father’s “big vision and dreams” for Leicester City and as well as the family’s business King Power.]

Top: “Dissect” [red] Prathet Ku Mee [black] the truth was set.
[Refers to controversial rap song titled “Prathet Ku Mee” that criticizes the junta. Music video of the song shows pass incidents of violence against protesters. The rap group and music video producer insisted their intention was to express their view on Thai politics and call for the election. However, critics questions their hidden intention since they used past sensitive political events in their music videos. Thai culture tends to desire to quickly smooth over such violent events and try to stress unity and harmony so those that bring up or refer to past events can be harshly criticized for somehow creating division.]

Bottom left: Broken jar. Drama on the conflict between “Arm-Haithongkhum”
[Refers to the contract conflict between teen singer and composer Arm-Haithongkhum (or Arm Chutima) and the manager of Haithongkhum Records, Prajak Naowaras. The headline mimics the Thai proverb “broken home” by swapping in the artist’s name “Haithongkhum” or “golden jar.”]

Right: Extraordinary becomes the negative. Misery from bad deeds of a person who betrays his ideology. A lesson from Uncle Thaug to Uncle Tu
[Refers to the current political situation of former leader of the defunct People’s Democrat Reform Committee (PDRC) Suthep Thaugsuban. Suthep promised when he led the protest against the Yingluck government and the elections that had been called that he would not be involved in politics again.
This was important to many of his supporters who wanted to block Thaksin from giving himself a pardon, but felt uncomfortable in following a political leader like Suthep who might just want to block elections and overthrow the Yingluck government to further his own political career (i.e. for “selfish reasons”).
Suthep broke his promise by setting up a political party, “Action Coalition for Thailand,” expressly to support the military junta’s PM to stay in power after elections. His actions caused disappointment to his supporters and recently his popularity has declined.
The headline notes that his life when from extraordinary (as the leader of the PDRC that was widely praised by those who hated Thaksin for his selfless actions in prevent amnesty) to the negative after he broke his promise and is now attempting to capitalize on the coup he provoked. This cover warns that PM Prayuth (Uncle Tu) may encounter the same fate as Suthep (Uncle Thaug).]

From Lokwannee, November 2-9, 2018
Main cover reads: Good people are wriggling.
Skeleton: Jak!! [a sound of suffering from the hot water]
On a kettle: # Prathet Ku Mee
[Refers to a rap song titled ‘Prathet Ku Mee [or “What my Country’s got” in English] criticizing the junta. This song by the Rap Against Dictatorship was released on the YouTube and received million views. It becomes controversial as some agree and disagree with it. At first, there was a warning of violating the law for who shares this song. Later, the police revoke their word. The cover is sarcastic to the junta, who claims that they are good people to come to help the country. It illustrates that the junta can’t bear with these facts written on the song.]

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