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Thai Health Minister Anutin takes to TikTok

Maya Taylor

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TikTok Thailand says only 1% of its users are aged 45-55. Turns out one of them is Thailand’s mercurial Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul. Remember him? He disappeared from Twitter after his comments about “dirty farang” in the early days of the Covid-19 crisis, where he accused foreigners of being the cause of the outbreak in Thailand. His racist remarks have been credited with legitimising xenophobic sentiment among some Thais and he was sidelined from the Government’s Covid-19 task force pretty much immediately after, sent out to the outlying provinces instead for photo opportunities.

Well, he’s back, at least on TikTok. A report in Khaosod English says Minister Anutin has posted a couple of videos on the site under the handle @nituna1966 (his birth year and his name spelt backwards). In one clip, posted at the end of May, he can be seen lip-synching to audio from Thai toddler sensation @Phuriwat.M. “People watching aren’t giving me hearts. I’ll spank you,” mimes Anutin.

Here it is…

@nituna1966

#tiktok

♬ เสียงต้นฉบับ – Tangmo – Tangmo

TikTok Thailand says the vast majority of its users are in the younger age brackets, with half aged 18-24 and a third aged 13-17. Anutin is 53 and is believed to be the first prominent Thai politician to join the network (the rest of the Thai cabinet has so far resisted the temptation to follow Anutin’s lead).

Anutin deleted his Twitter account in March after his inflammatory comments went viral and caused uproar, putting the PM and fellow ministers into damage control.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

 

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    Danny O'Connell

    Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Anutin, the word Mr.only applies to people who deserve respect from people. Your comments on “dirty farangs” will not be forgotten. You are very lucky the farangs you mentioned have no say in your position because you would be out of a job. however, Thais do listen and read and your unemployment time is very near because the same farangs were giving food to thais and helping them which is more than you ever done.

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