• I Don’t Get Social Media, Thai Edition

    May 2, 2013

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    Posted in: Embassy/State

    So it was recently new year in Thailand, Songkran, celebrated by throwing water, face painting and dancing, all for the good. The Thais know how to throw a party.

    In the middle of all this, the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok spends sequester-free dollars to make this video, featuring starring idolizing the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, Kristie Kenney.

    Let’s watch:

    I’ve looked all over, and cannot find any other country’s ambassador to Thailand dancing and grinning like she is on the third day of a serious meth bender, on video (the other ambassadors may take meth and dance, but they have the class to not do it on camera). The Thai comments on YouTube are all nice, but then again the Thais are a wonderfully polite people.

    I have also looked everywhere for video of the Thai Ambassador to the United States doing something “American” on video for Fourth of July, or any other American holiday, maybe smoking meth at a NASCAR tailgate.

    We are then left with the question of whether the American Embassy alone understands the power and value of social media, producing these videos and catapulting public opinion of the U.S.A to crazy heights while other nations just stand aside gaping at our brilliance. Or are we just a bunch of idiots?

    Note: All joking aside, it looks like the Ambassador performed the whole video backwards, which is pretty freaking cool. It also accounts for the spaced out looks on everyone’s faces, so maybe it wasn’t the meth. I could criticize her for what must have been a forever process of rehearsal when she should have been reading Wikileaks or something, but in the end fair points for that.

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  • Recent Comments

    • Lisa said...


      I vote for “idiots”, Peter. We’re naught but dancing bears and monkeys, grinning for the camera, casting about for some good betel nuts. Oh, and now we like to film ourselves capering about … this is truly about as nutty as it gets.

      But I’m sure something will come along to surprise me further. I recently viewed the film “Idiocracy” (based on Kornbluth’s short story “Marching Morons”), and I do feel the majority of us are teetering on the edge of that volcano.

      “Welcome to Costco, I love you.”

      05/2/13 3:52 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Madam Ambass. admits send her birdbrain tweets while in her car, although texting is illegal even while stopped in traffic.

      Also good to know: “I share what I am doing — both officially and non-officially — on Twitter. I answer questions ranging from ‘‘How is your day?’’ to ‘‘What is US policy on X?’’

      Talk about superficial nonsense.

      05/2/13 6:26 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      Madame may Tweet from her car, but she rides in the back while the chauffeur paid for by the U.S. taxpayer drives.

      05/2/13 7:15 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Money was spent to make such a video? Lol

      The scene is kinda similar to the end of a Soviet film, “The Cranes are Flying.” Unfortunately, I could find links to all other parts of the film but not its ending. Here it is, but you have to skip forward to 1:30:16. The scene is about 2 minutes long:


      05/2/13 8:56 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      “But I’m sure something will come along to surprise me further.”

      How about a Consular officer in the People’s Republic of China who didn’t know the country’s official name?

      05/3/13 4:06 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      “But I’m sure something will come along to surprise me further.”

      Well, sooprise sooprise sooprise

      Eric Holder playing the part of the SCOTUS by screaming UN-CONSTITUTIONAL!!

      what a schmuck.


      And then we have this….



      05/3/13 1:00 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...


      Thank you, meloveconsul and pitch; they’re doozies, but of the sort that are frighteningly mundane today. And … they’re running our nations.

      Same-same re. any organization. I just read about a poor woman in for fairly routine surgery who got injected with cleaning solution versus anesthetic, suffering an immediate stroke and perishing 19 days later. And there are more of these mishaps waiting to happen, to be perpetrated by a community college graduate near you.

      Nay — not to be snooty, by your very bigtime doctor. Don’t get sick, if you can help it 🙁

      05/3/13 5:20 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      That grimacing, deracinated Puritan-American and presumably feminist harridan “dancing” among those exquisitely beautiful Thai women is surely symbolic of something, but I’d rather not know exactly what.

      05/3/13 7:02 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      Come to think of it, if American style “multiculturalism” means pretending to go native, then I prefer Eric Cartman’s style of doing it:


      05/4/13 9:28 AM | Comment Link

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