Thai ambassador puts Have You Been Paying Attention? on notice over ‘disrespectful’ skit

Thai ambassador puts Have You Been Paying Attention? on notice over ‘disrespectful’ skit

Thai ambassador puts Have You Been Paying Attention? on notice over 'disrespectful' skit

The Thai ambassador to Australia has sent a strongly-worded letter to Channel Ten after the network aired a skit making light of the recent death of the nation’s king.In the letter dated October 18, Ambassador Chirachai Punkrasin said a segment on Monday’s episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? was “very inappropriate, disrespectful, and certainly not amusing”.Video duration02:04Replay Video IconPlayer help iconVideo duration02:04Video duration01:04Video duration00:46Video duration01:48Video duration00:56Video duration01:37Video duration01:07More videosWith life having it’s up and downs, Chris Rock, Bob Dylan and Star Wars fans have had a good week, while Donald Trump and Sally Faulkner have had one to forget.”While it may not be the intention of the Network 10 to cause offence, the programme needs to show greater cultural sensitivity and media professionalism when it deals with a topic that makes reference to another country, institution or culture,” Mr Punkrasin wrote.Have You Been Paying Attention? is a weekly comedy-quiz program on Ten which challenges a panel of comedians and entertainers to remember the events of the week and this week showed a video clip of a Thai woman wailing over the death of Thailand’s beloved monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.Guests on Monday’s episode, which included Peter Helliar, Ed Kavalee, Sam Pang, Jane Kennedy and Celia Pacquola, offered up several alternative answers before the correct answer was reached.Mr Punkrasin said the show’s panel had been “mocking people who are feeling intense grief at the passing of their monarch”.The ambassador’s letter was picked up by The Bangkok Morning Post, which reported it on Tuesday night. The websit…

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