Relatively unknown Thai actress Chotiros Suriyawong has caused a huge national public outcry after wearing this to Thailand's Golden Swan Awards (the equivalent of the Oscars):
The dress is said to have been inspired by Elizabeth Hurley's famous Versace safety-pin dress, which grabbed the spotlight for the British beauty when she wore it to a London film premiere in 1994.
For the 22 year-old liberal arts major at Thammasat University (one of the country's most respected academic institutions) all the attention is very unwelcome and has caused her to be reprimanded by her production company and ordered by her university to do 15 days of community service and make a public apology for her attire. Even the Culture Ministry weighed in, calling Chotiros' choice of dress "very inappropriate" and the wrong message for a public role model to send to young Thais.
Because of all the public scandal she was forced to repent and acknowledge her wrongdoing, and has been edited out of a small role in an upcoming film.
"I don't want my actresses to dress that way," Somsak Techaratanaprasert, president of the Sahamongkol film production house, was quoted as saying by the Thai-language Khao Sod newspaper. "We are not a porn production house and it goes against Thai culture."
A teary-eyed Chotiros held a news conference with university deans earlier this week to explain herself.
"I feel very guilty about what happened. I want to apologize," said Chotiros, in a white button-down shirt and cardigan, her hair pulled back demurely into a loose bun. "I didn't know it was going to be such a big deal."
"Society feels this is a disgrace and her actions have affected the reputation of this university," Suraphol Nitikraipot, rector of Thammasat, was quoted as saying by The Nation newspaper.
All because of a woman in a dress.
So what do you suppose happens when a male Thai actor reveals an equal amount of flesh? Nothing apparently here are some pictures of current male Thai actors.
Can you say double standard? I bet none of these guys are getting edited out of their movies.