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Thai protestors use chicken feathers as latest protest symbol

Thai protestors use chicken feathers as latest protest symbol

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Move is said to be inspired by Disney movie, Maleficient


Anti-coup protesters in Thailand have taken to throwing chicken feathers in the air as a symbol of defiance against the military. This move is said to be inspired by Angelina Jolie’s character in Disney’s latest movie Maleficent.

“Maleficent was robbed of her wings and this led to her Kingdom entering into an age of death and destruction. Much like Thailand,” said protest leader Cheekerngrinkaree Akstraspisee.

Both yellow and red shirts were found united in their common need for these feathers. While those opposed to Thaksin were heartened by being able to compare the former Thai prime minister with Maleficent’s nemesis King Stephen, Red Shirts claimed that Bangkok elites had effectively robbed Thailand of its democratic process.

“Pop culture icons make protests so much easier. The narrative is simple and it leaves protesters more cognitive room to decide on more important matters – like creating cheers and dancing. Imagine what would happen if they stopped for a minute to think about the complexities behind the political changes in Thailand. They’d never get down to conducting the actual protest!” said pop-culture specialist and political analyst Eric de Yaya.

FYI other pop culture icons used by Thai protests before include:

The Guy Fawkes Mask

Hunger Games salute

Singaporean SEA Games referee. Epic. Fail. To. The. Max.

Singaporean SEA Games referee. Epic. Fail. To. The. Max.

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Singaporean referee awards gold medal to Indonesia silat athlete – for dodging and biting Thai opponent.

Is this cocked-up or what?

During the third-round finals of the Class A 45-50kg silat SEA Games event between Indonesia and Thailand, check out what the Indonesian athlete did: He, with the blue waistband and legs in the air, ended up being chased by his Thai opponent and rolled out of the ring to avoid some ass-whooping.

And then the Indonesian athlete did a Mike Tyson: He resorted to biting his Thai opponent (the one looking at the camera and obviously grimacing in pain) on the shoulder.

Oh look! Who’s that in white looking on? Oh, that is Singaporean referee Jasni Salam. He is looking on, doing absolutely nothing to protect the Thai athlete from getting chewed.

To top off an already memorably silly match, the Indonesian decides to dodge and hide behind the Singaporean referee.

At this point, the Thais were ballistic that silat has been downgraded to a game of police-and-thief.

Holy macaroni! Yet, the Singaporean referee awards the SEA Games gold medal to the Indonesian! For running around, being chased, dodging and biting his opponent!

To make matters seem even more out of whack, Indonesia is the host nation for this SEA Games.


Watch the full 50-second clip here: