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Popular TV co-host forced to quit after insulting students



PHOTO: Instagram: Ornapa Krisadee

A boycott by those pushing for democracy led a popular TV personality to quit her job as a Thai news co-host. Activists boycotted her shows after she made a derogatory post on Facebook insulting students and calling them “demon kids.”

Ornapa “Ma” Krisadee, a transgender woman, was forced to leave her job as a co-host for a news programme for Thairath TV and another show for Channel 3. Ornapa wrote a post on Facebook saying “Keep playing with your (expletive) at home. Don’t go to school, you demon kids.”

Many say the post was targeting high school students who protested at a morning flag ceremony. During the school protest, students peacefully raised their hands in the air in a 3 finger salute, an anti-government symbol. Some of them wore white ribbons to show their support for democracy.

After seeing Ornapa’s post, activists launched the hashtag #MaOrnapa to boycott her show as well as brands that support her programmes.

Activists have also led a campaign to ban the Nation Thailand and the Nation TV after a reporter allegedly lied about what news outlet he was from to land interviews with protesters during a rally at Democracy Monument. They also claim the news outlet has a pro-government bias.

Some critics are saying the boycotts on media companies, sponsors and celebrities are creating what’s called a “cancel culture.” Basically, if many people don’t agree with someone’s opinion, the push to “cancel” it.



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  1. Robert​ Geller

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Guess​ she​ wasn’t​ that​ popular​ after​ all…. Yes, cancel​ culture​ is​ a​ danger…. But​ when​ those​ claim​ing​ their​ thoughts​ are​ being​ canceelled​ aren’t​ listening…. C’est la​ vie!!!
    Keep​ it​ up​ Thailand!!!

  2. Ynwaps

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Maybe she was saying that people who masturbate at home all day are little demons who shouldn’t go to school where there is danger of angeles protesting.

    Guess we’ll never know, now that she’s got cancelled.

  3. James Pate

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 9:54 am

    I never liked her anyway.

  4. Toby Andrews

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    A neat remedy.
    Media better stay neutral or suffer losing money through boycotts.

  5. Bob Bobson

    Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Speaking of demons, the cosmetics-splattered, dead-eyed, icy glare of the “Ma” is the quintessence of demonic, along with the visage of Trump, Putin, Duterte, and Lukashenko.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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