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    Hypocrisy on TV

    First, I should explain for all of you expecting a bit of gossip about 'that place', I mean real & original TV - television.


    I'm sure everyone has noticed the ridiculous censorship & pixellation of everything from movies to Family Guy that we see in Thailand. Even animated characters who smoke or pull a gun are pixellated out. Nudity is also frowned upon & suffers from the dreaded pixels. One might think that Thailand has very moral television codes, if one judged from these things. Right?

    At about 2:30pm yesterday afternoon, I took my son for a haircut. He's nearly seven. In the hairdressers were an old woman, the hairdresser and her daughter (maybe 12 years old). They were all transfixed by one of the goriest horror films I've ever seen (really trashy blood & gore fest) being shown on a Thai cable station. Some of the things shown in this movie were the product of a really warped mind & made me feel sick & there was not one pixel in sight. I asked her to turn it off, which she did with some reluctance, as I really didn't want my son seeing that.

    So, I'm wondering why UBC/True pixellates cigarettes while cable channels put something like that on, completely uncut. Also, is there no watershed? I can't see something like that being broadcast on UK TV before about 11pm.
    I really don't understand the hypocrisy demonstrated. Are there any guidelines - or is it just up to the individual station owner? One thing's for sure, it made me very glad we never watch Thai TV at home. I'd hate to come in from the garden & find littl'un watching something like that.

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    I agree 100%, but what I find even more shocking is the soap operas showing rape, with the hero as the perpetrator, and the rape victim eventually falling in love with the guy. Plenty of other domestic violence shown as well. But no unpixelated cigarettes.......

    Typical Thai - all style and no substance.
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    A fraction of the hypocricy shown every day on Teak Door.

    At least on television, there's some measure of similarity to reality.

    The nutjobs in this joint are purely scifi.
    Last edited by Texpat; 12-05-2008 at 10:01 AM.

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    Yeah. The Thai censorship board's idea of unacceptable viewing is a bit strange. Nudity and sex scenes of any type are pixelated out as are cigarettes while extreme violence and blood-letting seems to be acceptable.

    The first (and only time) I glanced through that magazine 191 (or 911, whatever) I almost threw up, but Thais, even kids, seem to love it. Sick..sick...sick !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoGeAr
    The first (and only time) I glanced through that magazine 191 (or 911, whatever
    What's that, then? Never heard of it.

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    ^ It's a magazine which has explicit photos of murder and accident victims. Really nasty stuff.

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    ^^The magazine for pictures of the dead and mutilated.

    ^beat me to it.

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    My wife used to read those mags they really are Gorey, glad she stopped getting them.--------------- Hello Rain fancy meeting you here.

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    it's a bit like japanese porn... no pubic hair allowed, but plenty of bondage, rape and bukkake

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    A fraction of the hypocricy shown every day on Teak Door.

    At least on television, there's some measure of similarity to reality.

    The nutjobs in this joint are purely scifi.
    A breath of fresh air.

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    I saw a movie recently in which a topless woman was cutting the limbs from a man decapitating him and quartering his torso. The tits were pixellated and the blood and guts were broadcast as normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoGeAr View Post
    Yeah. The Thai censorship board's idea of unacceptable viewing is a bit strange. Nudity and sex scenes of any type are pixelated out as are cigarettes while extreme violence and blood-letting seems to be acceptable.
    Isn't that the same in the USA?
    You can show loads of people getting killed in the most shocking ways, but, by God! If you inadvertently show a nipple (think Janet Jackson) the whole country goes into shock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck View Post
    I saw a movie recently in which a topless woman was cutting the limbs from a man decapitating him and quartering his torso. The tits were pixellated and the blood and guts were broadcast as normal.
    Sounds a bit like this movie yesterday, but there was no nudity (that I saw in the few minutes I watched it.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain
    I really don't understand the hypocrisy demonstrated. Are there any guidelines - or is it just up to the individual station owner?
    Thailand is hardly unique in censorship hypocrisy. Humans have always been fascinated with blood and guts "entertainment". All one can do as a parent is make sure as you are that our kids are not subjected to things we find objectionable.

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    Or the Aussies forcing dress codes in bars and nightclubs (hard shoes, slacks) where, by and large, men go to beat each other senseless?

    Or Brits claiming to protect and nurture children and then allow punters to wheel the pram into bar where everyone's smoking, drinking, fighting and whoring?

    Hypocricy like that? Sorta? Yeah we're all kinda funny like that.

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    I wish they would completely pixallate all the Thai soaps and 'comedy' shows, or at least not broadcast the sound...

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    Hint:- To depixillate any TV programs you are watching, just squint.

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    ^^ Oh dear, Tex. Get out of bed the wrong side this morning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr
    Hint:- To depixillate any TV programs you are watching, just squint.
    .... a trick you learnt watching Jap porn, no doubt....

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    Fuck! How did you know?

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    No doubt many of the heinous crimes committed against women and children are inspired by the scenes on Thai TV.

    Unfortunately the majority of Thais are too uneducated to see anything wrong in broadcasting stuff like a 10 minute scene of a woman being beaten bloody by a man with a length of birch which was on TV last Tuesday night.

    Thai TV appeals to the average Thai, and that tells you all you need to know about the average Thai.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JoGeAr View Post
    Yeah. The Thai censorship board's idea of unacceptable viewing is a bit strange. Nudity and sex scenes of any type are pixelated out as are cigarettes while extreme violence and blood-letting seems to be acceptable.
    Isn't that the same in the USA?
    You can show loads of people getting killed in the most shocking ways, but, by God! If you inadvertently show a nipple (think Janet Jackson) the whole country goes into shock!
    That truly was amazing.A nipple ffs.

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    Thai television is the worst. I have expressly forbidden my g/f to turn on the variety comedy shows - I swear they make people dumber just by watching. I just watched an episode of "Entourage" - they changed all the "fucks" to "freaks". It's just not the same show without the cursing. As for the sex scenes, a lot of channels just cut them out completely instead of pixellating them. I was watching Terminator the other night -- it's just not the same movie without that great sex scene that I used to enjoy watching in junior high.

    And the soaps -- thank God one mercifully ended last week. A rapist turns into the hero/love interest. Typical Thai logic. If I ever have kids and raise them in this country, Thai television will be forbidden. Any country whose movies consist of slapstick humor combined with extreme violence and gore needs some serious universal therapy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by durianfan
    I have expressly forbidden my g/f to turn on the variety comedy shows
    You both sound like real winners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain View Post
    I really don't understand the hypocrisy demonstrated. Are there any guidelines - or is it just up to the individual station owner? One thing's for sure, it made me very glad we never watch Thai TV at home. I'd hate to come in from the garden & find littl'un watching something like that.
    It's not hypocrisy its greed. Many of the cable channels play pirated movies that have not gone through the Thai sensors. Hence no pixalation.


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