Friday, August 18, 2006

Sek Loso vs Noi of Pru

It's like being back in the 1800s, when word of events in other parts of the globe would take weeks to gradually trickle in. Only, now the Internet and You Tube are involved.

Weeks after the Ramakien: A Rak Opera performances at the Lincoln Center, the events of the show, specifically Sek Loso and Noi of Pru being involved in a fight onstage, are finally starting to hit the Thai press and gossip columns.

A video of the fight - showing Sek smacking Krissada "Noi" Sukosol-Clapp on the head with a shoe and the shoving match that ensued - has been posted on You Tube, and it's embedded below.

While Sek Loso is seen as a spoiler by some, for unprofessional behavior and disrupting the show (though Noi played a part in that as well), he's also being hailed as a hero among the more rebellious sorts. He's a punker, taking out his aggressions and giving one to the man!

There's other things at play, too, especially when you look at the class differences involved: Sek is from a humble rural Northeast Thailand background; Noi is the Thai-American son of a heiress to a Bangkok hotel chain.

Still more will emerge as the artists and organizers trickle back to Thailand and tell their sides of the story.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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