Songkran topless coyote girls video disturbs Thailand – no, it’s not April 1

This story was updated at 23:25 April 19, 2011.
Additional/edited text in blue type.

Not known for its modesty or the the tameness of some of the performances in it’s go-go bars, each year the Silom Road area of central Bangkok has spurred one of the biggest and best water fights possible during the Songkran festival, but this year three topless Coyote dancing girls have become instant celebrities for a bare-breasted performance in the streets of central Bangkok lasting less than two minutes.

The topless Songkran Coyote girls, whose names are not known, were filmed at about 11pm dancing on top of some of Thailand’s numerous “audio-cars”, surrounded by water-throwing foreign tourists enjoying the celebrations and instantaneously became targets of a social media hate campaign amidst claims that their actions would damage the image of the country.

Coyote Girls are not uncommon in Thailand, providing entertainment on the tops of heavily modified audio-cars, such as at the Burapa Bike Week 2011 in Pattaya earlier this year. While teasing and tantalizing are part of the show, the display of any “naughty bits” is entirely by accident.

Topless Coyote girls savaged

Two Coyote girls dance topless in Silom during Songkran 2011
Two Coyote girls dance topless in Silom during Songkran 2011

The total length of all the performances by the topless Songkran Coyote girls appears to have lasted for less than two minutes, but as if Thailand has no other problems needing addressing, the vernacular Thai media instantly turned feral, savaging the three topless Songkran Coyote girls like a pack of hungry wolves pouncing on a lost fawn, with one even using the word “hunting” in its headline to describe its search for the three Coyote girls.

Social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook have likewise been abuzz, with many Thais and a few foreigners launching venomous attacks against the topless Songkran Coyote girls, accusing them of damaging the morals and reputation of the country.

While such a story ‚Äì coming from a country where visitors to the same area as which the three girls performed their impromptu topless dance are regularly assailed by touts to visit go-go bars with such “exotic” performances as girls spitting ping-pong balls out of their vagina, or opening bottles of Chang beer with the same body part ‚Äì might make for a good April Fools Day story, today is not that day.

A hate page was established on Facebook called the "Front against anti-degenerative behavior in the Thai festival" targeting the three Thai topless Coyote girls
A hate page was established on Facebook targeting the three Thai topless Coyote girls

Sadly, the very same nation where the deaths of seven foreigners in a Chiang Mai Hotel remain unexplained, where 93 people were killed on streets at the same time last year by Thai Army snipers firing from rooftops, where a stand-off on the border erupted earlier this year seeing the Thai Army break international convention and use cluster artillery shells against neighboring Cambodia, and the very same country where the son of a rich businessman can cut a Laotian girl in half in a speeding Porsche and smooth everything over with a Bt300,000 (about $US9.950) payment, the one thing the entire nation is concerned about are three topless Songkran Coyote girls.

Despite the country devoutly observing the most special holiday period of the year, the district chief of the Bang Rak district where the booby dance show took place, Surakiat Limcharoen, took time off from his holidays to personally file a police complaint against the three Thai topless Songkran Coyote girls for their “shameful behavior in public”, along with their supporters and those who uploaded video clips to video hosting websites.

Thailand Ministry of Culture faux pas as Thailand internet censored again

The homepage of the Thailand Ministry of Culture Sunday morning, April 17, 2011
The homepage of the Thailand Ministry of Culture Sunday morning, April 17, 2011

Mr. Surakiat said the three topless Songkran Coyote dancers should be fined Bt500 ($16.60) each, with their supporters paying two-thirds of the fine. Those uploading any of the four video clips of the topless Songkran Coyote dancers face fines of up to Bt100,000 ($US3,316) and/or a jail term of up to five years.

Leaping into the argument is Culture Minister Nipit Intarasombat, who asked police prosecutors to order those involved in the topless Songkran Coyote dance case to also perform community service, such as reading books to kindergarten children about the Songkran festival at least three times.

At the same time as publicly lambasting the three topless Songkran Coyote girls though, the minister’s own website was displaying a banner depicting three bare breasted Thai women above a photo of the country’s reigning monarch, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej.

As news of the three topless Songkran Coyote girls spread throughout the country, the social networks come alive, discussing the double standards that apply in Thailand, along with the artwork displayed the ministry’s website.

The homepage of the Thailand Ministry of Culture Sunday evening, April 17, 2011
The homepage of the Thailand Ministry of Culture Sunday evening, April 17, 2011

By late afternoon on the last day of the annual Songkran holiday, and a Sunday to boot, some poor webmaster was dragged off his holidays to change the ministry’s homepage artwork, so that the ministry and its minister didn’t look any more foolish than they did already.

With a history of heavily censoring the internet against material that shows the true goings-on in Thailand, it should come as no surprise to anyone that Culture Watch Centre director Ladda Tangsupachai also yesterday ordered the National Police Office and the Information Communications and Technology Ministry to ban the video clips on the Internet.

Billed as the world’s largest water fight, the Songkran Thai New Year festival attracts hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists annually and for the last two years have seen celebrations take place with armed troops and red-shirt protesters on the streets of the nations capital.

Thais too are revelling in the opportunity to celebrate Songkran in a peaceful environment, flocking to their favorite holiday destinations in their droves and providing a much needed boost to the Thai travel industry.

Songkran 2011 road toll

229 people are dead and 3,172 injured after the first six days of the 2011 Songkran holiday and the nation is focused on three topless Coyote girls.
229 people are dead and 3,172 injured after the first six days of the 2011 Songkran holiday and the nation is focused on three topless Coyote girls. Photo: John Le Fevre

With the last of the Songkran holiday makers heading home tonight, the official road toll for the first six days of the seven day-long holiday period stood at 229 dead, a 25.2 per cent decrease on last year, while injuries had dropped by 9.4 per cent to 3,172 people.

According to the Road Safety Centre there were 2,932 motor vehicle crashes across the kingdom in the first six days, a drop of about 8.9 per cent on 2010, with 31 per cent of accidents caused by drunk driving and motor bike riders and their passengers failing to wear crash helmets heading the fatality group at 34.7 per cent and being involved in 77 per cent of all vehicle crashes.

With the country due to start back at work again tomorrow, it will be be interesting to see if there is as much indignant outrage over the final Songkran road carnage figures when they are released, as there has been directed at the the three topless Songkran Coyote girls.

While I can’t upload the Thai topless Songkran Coyote girl dancing video’s to this website, the four topless Songkran Coyote girl voodoos are easy enough to find, as too is a nice flash slideshow on the Ministry of Culture’s website depicting the original header artwork.

April 19, 2011:

Topless Songkran Coyote girls publicly paraded – only children

It turns out that the three topless Songkran Coyote girls in the story below were aged 13-, 14-, and 16-years-of-age. Despite being mere children, the heavy hand of the Thailand government, the Royal Thai Police and the vernacular sensationalist media was applied with all the force of a strict Shariah state.

All three topless Songkran Coyote girls were paraded before the local media wearing balaclavas by the Thai police and fined Bt500 each, while the changes to the Ministry of Culture website highlighted above have not gone unnoticed by even the Thai media.

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© 2011 John Le Fevre

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8 Responses to "Songkran topless coyote girls video disturbs Thailand – no, it’s not April 1"

  1. bud   September 1, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Hell that is some crazy stuff – what do they put in the water over there?

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  2. Aajiz   May 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    huhu that change full culture of ministry topless, means ministry is topless u say nice.

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  3. Jason   April 25, 2011 at 5:07 am

    I notice in some news reports that the age of the three girls is being reported as 13/14/16, personally i am not convienced that this is correct and not a put up job by the ministry to push home its point

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    • John Le Fevre   April 25, 2011 at 8:04 am

      The ages of the three girls as reported by the police and the children themselves is 13-, 14-, and 16-years-old – children

      Thanks for reading

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  4. Thai Thai   April 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

    This is hypocrisy at its best. The Thai government is criticizing the topless dancers to get brownie point from voters, and yet they allow sex trade to flourish because they benefit from them.

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    • Farang Farang   May 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      Valid point, and surprisingly paying for sex in Thailand is illegal. I still believe that some modesty should still apply in everyday life in Thailand. Imagine if public nudity was allowed, especially for the young girls that were arrested, you’d just have more and more similar behavior or probably worse. Public nudity is illegal in most countries in the West, Thailand should be no different. Prostitution? Meh, sweep it under the rug like everyone else does.

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  5. John   April 19, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Haha funny that they changed the topless girls on The Ministry of Culture website.
    When did they decide nudity was wrong? Ive seen old hill tribe women wandering around topless.

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  6. tom   April 18, 2011 at 9:45 am

    It’s good to see that the country see fit to keep it’s priorities prioritized Thai style.
    Westerners cannot comprehend #thainess

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