Wanchaleom Jamneanphol, a popular Thai online TV host and social media star, also known by her nickname Mixy Bigmouth, may soon face legal action after she reportedly criticised a dress designed by Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand.
According to The Telegraph, the accusations of libel and cybercrime were brought forward by Kitjanut Chaiyosburana, a millionaire and aspiring politician, who apparently was outraged by Jamneanphol’s alleged critical remarks regarding the dress which was worn by at the 67th Miss Universe pageant by the Thai entrant, Sophida Kanchanarin.
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"I cannot accept that a well-known individual in the online world expressed negative opinions that affect the country’s reputation", he said after filing the complaint with the police’s technology crime suppression division. "I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. It’s irresponsible behaviour."
"I deeply regret and feel guilty for my actions", she added.
As The Guardian points out, Thailand has "some of the strictest lèse-majesté laws in the world” which punish those who “defames, insults or threatens the king, the queen, the heir-apparent or the regent".