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Expat takes a musical pop at Thai government: Gets a million views and counting
A Facebook user under the name of Yan Marchal who posted a video of him singing in Thai parodying the government has said he is surprised that his video has gone viral.
In another post on his Facebook page he claims that he wrote the Thai lyrics himself.
The song has been viewed more than one and a half million times with more than 50,000 shares.
Called “Junta Anthem Update” it contains lines translated into English that suggest the NCPO (National Council for Peace and Order) would “break promises” and need “a lot more time”.
He claimed the “dictatorial system” would live on and they would “act tricky”.
He said the people needed to be “gullible” and have their eyes shut so they can “devour your tax money”.
Mr Marchal seemed very proud of his achievement though many posters warned him to be careful and were clearly worried that his prank would cause him trouble.
Thaivisa have asked Mr Marchal if he is worried about being arrested but by press time had received no reply.
His Facebook profile lists him as living in Bangkok and working for “Sanuk Games”. He is said to have studied in Paris.
Here is the full text of his comments on his Facebook page:
“1 million. I could not imagine that a mere spoof of the junta’s anthem, and not even the first one at that, would get this number of views in a day!
Right now my Facebook has more notifications than I could even read if I was doing it full time. I got over 1,000 friend requests (perhaps several thousands but Facebook stops counting after 1,000), which I cannot all accept because of the friend limit, and also because I have no systemic way to know who’s in with bad intentions.
While the overwhelming majority of the shares are enthusiastic, a significant minority of them are angry at the video, and willing to share their discontent. I also got a few insults in private messages. This is not a big surprise, as my video was a one-sided tease, and won’t work with everybody’s sense of humor.