John Oliver and lese majeste

22 02 2019

Long-time readers may recall that US-based comedian and commentator John Oliver criticized and parodied the monarchy and junta back in 2014.

His comments on the monarchy and the then crown prince were especially powerful.

In a recent interview, Oliver stated: “When there are people so powerful that they seem almost indestructible, having the power to irritate them, at least, feels like something.”

He knows that this makes enemies of the powerful, and mentioning several authoritarian countries, he nominated Thailand as a place he should avoid:

… we did a piece on the royal family in Thailand and it turned out we were subject to a lese majeste law (meaning it is illegal to defame the king or queen). So I think I probably shouldn’t go there.


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