Reading to the blind for showing too much…
For those who enjoy noting deep-seated differences among cultures, here’s one you probably wouldn’t find in Hollywood. A student and aspiring actress who appeared in a revealing dress at the Thai equivalent of the Oscars has been given community service as punishment for undermining morality.
Chotiros Amy Suriyawong ensured maximum media exposure by stepping out last week in a full-length black gown, tantalisingly split from cleavage to hips to hem. But the authorities at her university described the outfit as obscene and gave her 15 days of reading books to the blind as punishment.
Thai actress Chotiros Suriyawong poses for a photograph in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, February 12, 2007. Suriyawong has become infamous overnight after wearing a revealing black dress to Thailand’s version of the Oscars. REUTERS/Stringer