In Thailand, insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej is a serious offense. Last week, a Swiss man convicted of vandalizing images of the king and Queen Sirikit was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
(The Thai Communications Minister) told The Associated Press that the government would continue its crackdown. "It's not about freedom of expression," he said. People who create Web sites insulting the monarchy "are abusing their rights and clearly don't mean well for the country."
Naturally, the first thing I did was try to find the video in question. I found one insult clip awash in a sea of pro-King video love letters bolstered by heart-felt "Long Live the King" comments that are currently banned from view in Thailand. For example, the instructive "[In the Heart]: Why We Love our King"...
Or, this simple amateur shot of a fountain that eventually spells "Long Live the King" and has over a thousand views. Or, a "Why Thai People Love Their King" video of someone taking a video of their TV that has nearly 6000 views. Or "60 Glorious Years: Thailand Marks King's Anniversary."
In fact, it could be argued that YouTube is might be the single most robust and effective privately-run repository of pro-King Bhumibol Adulyadej propaganda in the world.
And, yes, we've seen this video before. It will be interesting to see if Thailand will pull a Turkey and make this a temporary "time-out".
Update: Check out John Earnhardt's comment below about respecting the norms and rules of another nation.