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Thai internet star apologizes over criticism of Thailand Miss Universe 2018 gown designed by the king’s daughter

  • Kitjanut Chaiyosburana an aspiring politician accused TV host Wanchaleom Jamneanphol for an alleged Facebook post criticizing a Thailand royalty
  • Criticizing a Thailand royalty is a taboo in their country
  • Wanchaleom did not deny the deleted Facebook post and issued a public apology

Kitjanut Chaiyosburana, a millionaire planning to run in the upcoming Thailand elections, has accused Wanchaleom Jamneanphol, a TV host, of libel and cybercrimes from a Facebook post (now deleted) that was reportedly mocking a Miss Universe 2018 pageant dress designed by the daughter of Thailand’s king.

Chaiyosburana stated, “I cannot accept that a well-known individual in the online world expressed negative opinions that affect the country’s reputation!

I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. It’s irresponsible behaviour.”

Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, 31, who has a Masters in Design, was the one who designed the range of swimsuits and two Thai silk evening dresses for their Miss Universe 2018 candidate.

Kitjanut did not specify Wanchaleom’s alleged crime. But her reportedly negative comments about one of the princess’s dresses sparked online outrage this week.

Criticizing the royal family is taboo in Thailand, where several people have been convicted under strict lese majeste laws. In short, it’s a very dangerous act.

After her post went viral, Wanchaleom issued a public apology saying, “I did not have any intention to insult or disrespect the high institution.”

I deeply regret and feel guilty for my actions.”

Miss Universe 2018 Thailand candidate, Sophida Kanchanarin, was able to make it to the top 10 but was not able to proceed further.


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