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Thais angered by Saturday Night Live's language of love

Published on Feb 4, 2013 7:59 PM
 

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - A United States (US) comedy skit that makes fun of Thailand's booming sex industry has angered the government and it is trying to block videos of the sketch on the Internet, the Thai culture minister said on Monday.

The skit on the Saturday Night Live programme is a parody of an advertisement for a Thai-language course by the Rosetta Stone company, which shows men surreptitiously learning phrases for use in Thailand's notorious night-life, such as: "Take your clothes off."

Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunploem was not amused.

"The sketch misrepresents Thailand and its people," Sonthaya told Reuters. "We're working with the Foreign Ministry to let the US know it is offensive and we have asked our information ministry to remove the clip."

 
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