Everybody Does It

October 6, 2013 – Day 067

WARNING: If this were a podcast, there would be an “Explicit” tag. If you are offended by utterances of any of George Carlin’s Seven Words, then please point your browser away from today’s posting. Thank you.

In Peru, I wrote about the odd sensation of listening to the radio and hearing all manner of F-bombs, the-S-word, and other inappropriate language in songs that would never be heard on a radio station in the States.

I can tell you now that Thailand is no different. There is no Federal Communication Commission here to lay down the law and mandate that all swear words be swept under the musical rug. The juiciest of the Anglo-Saxon cuss words can also be heard on Bangkok radio. In addition to the music being laced with expletives, I have also noticed that some Thais like to wear coarse langauge. More times than I would care to count, I have seen T-shirts around the Thai capital that say things like “Come Down to Bangkok F**down” and “Sh**, I’m horny!” My general (and probably ill-informed) assumption is that Thais wear these profanity-laced shirts and listen to the crudest version of English pop songs because they are unaware of the significance of those words.

Aside: When you think about it, the F-bomb is really only a monosyllabic utterance consisting of a soft “f”, a vowel sound, and a hard “k”. Its only impact is what our culture has bestowed upon it.

Regardless of the lack of punch these expletives may or may not have on the Thai population, there still is no way I can explain the following display the family and I saw at an extremely popular and crowded mall in downtown Bangkok. It simply was so overwhelming that all we could do was stare…and then laugh ourselves delirious.

So without further ado…and you’ve have been warned…

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From what I could gather, this series featuring “Mr. P” was a promotion for either the Absolute Siam mall we were in or was an advertisement for a company called Propaganda. Either way, I never thought of urine as a reasonable marketing technique, but perhaps that is why I am not in the marketing game.

There was poetry also…

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No one dared lift the pillow to see what resided underneath.

Below is some advice that I thought was so obvious it never needed a sign, sort of like “These doors are to remain unlocked during business hours”…

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Finally, the coup de grace of our expletive-laden experience

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I would be curious to know how many Thais actually understood what was being said in these signs.

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