Connect with us

Thailand

Outrage on Twitter as rape scenes continue to be portrayed in Thai soap operas

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Chiang Rai Times

It’s a debate that’s been raging in Thailand for years now, and yet, little appears to have changed. The portrayal of rape in Thai soap operas, done in a manner which critics say normalises sexual assault and victim blaming, is once more under fire. Thai PBS World reports that yesterday, the hashtag #ข่มขืนผ่านจอพอกันที (#NoMoreRapeOnScreen) became the fastest trending hashtag on Twitter, featuring in 275,000 tweets. Another hashtag, #BanMiaJumPen, was used in over 204,000.

The social media backlash was a result of a rape scene in the popular soap, Mia Jum Pen (“Wife on Duty”). In the scene, the rapist filmed his assault of a female character. In another scene, the victim, who has been hospitalised, is asked how many times she was raped, but the scene that has provoked the most fury is one that shows a male character’s “disgust” with the rape victim, when he thinks his wife was raped.

Angry Twitter users accuse soap opera makers of reinforcing victim blaming and rape culture in Thailand, a country where women are often blamed for men sexually assaulting them.

Amanda Obdam, Miss Universe Thailand 2020, also took to Twitter to vent her fury:

Outrage on Twitter as rape scenes continue to be portrayed in Thai soap operas | News by Thaiger

Meanwhile, others slammed the statement made by the soap opera’s producer, in which she tried to justify the scene.

“I want to show that being kidnapped or being abused is scary, therefore, women should learn how to be more careful and aware.”

Her words only served to fuel the Twitter fire, with netizens accusing her of victim blaming, instead of men being shown that they need to respect women. Some of the comments are below.

“It’s bad enough that Thai TV dramas are still full of rape scenes, the heroine falling in love with the hero after he raped her, “bad women” punished by rape.”

“The media is a significant contributor to the rape culture in Thailand. We’ve seen many Thai soap operas creating scenes where the male lead rapes the female lead. Although people have been calling for an end to such narratives, they are still everywhere, and those scenes imply that rape is somehow acceptable, because in the end, the male lead, who raped the female lead, will live happily ever after with her without being punished.”

Thai soap operas have long used rape scenes in their storylines, usually involving the lead male and female characters, with the female subsequently falling in love with her assailant. Critics say such depictions condone rape, which continues to be a serious issue in Thai society.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime10 mins ago

Expressway killer reveals 3 month plan to murder girlfriend in remorseless confession

Thailand1 hour ago

Prayut plans to contact citizens hit by power cuts via radio

Thailand1 hour ago

Submarine purchases could sink over engine debate

Guides1 hour ago

Best IB schools in Thailand

Bangkok2 hours ago

VIDEO: Paramedics push patient through Bangkok floods on stretcher

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Schools no longer need to close for Covid outbreaks

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand2 hours ago

Thai industries want to produce energy to combat rising costs

Crime2 hours ago

Clumsy burglar injures himself after trying to steal in Chon Buri

Thailand3 hours ago

Mountain B nightclub fire claims 24th life

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand & Australia pledge to stamp out trafficking

Thailand3 hours ago

Jail Term for Carrying Crops & Repossessing the wrong house | GMT

Phuket3 hours ago

Girl sustains head injuries while surfing in Phuket

Press Room18 hours ago

Best island boat tours from Phuket – must-visit islands and unforgettable experiences you should not miss out on

Thailand19 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Foreigners anger Chiang Mai locals for kissing in temple

World19 hours ago

Former Coventry footballer seriously ill in Thai hospital

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending