A two minute rant by Thai celebrity Duangjai Phichitamphon about the unruly behavior of Chinese tourists at a Korean airport has gone viral, sparking furious online debate and condemnation by the media in Thailand.
Although we are not quite sure why she is famous, at present she has close to 130,000 followers on Facebook. After being uploaded to the social media platform, it was not long before the video reached a large audience.
According to Liberty Times Net, the story made it into several newspapers in Thailand yesterday, featuring headlines such as “Chinese Tourists Again Bring Shame on Chinese People.”
In the video, the angry Duangjai is seen being pushed around by a throng of Chinese scrambling for a tax refund booth, claiming that everyone was queuing in an orderly fashion before a Chinese tour group turned up.
Touching on what is becoming a somewhat awkward topic these days, she goes on to complain about the state of the toilets at the airport, implying the Chinese were responsible for dirtying them.
The video has since been subtitled with English and Chinese by another Facebook user.
UPDATE [17/03/15]: The original Facebook post has been taken down. We’re now sourcing it from YouTube.
UPDATE [22/03/15]: Duangjai Phichitamphon’s Facebook page has since been overrun by trolls posting an avalanche of abusive comments. Read about the latest developments here.
By Dominic Jackson