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OUFC's weirdest ever tweet

Post by tomoufc » Tue May 07, 2019 11:40 am

https://twitter.com/OUFCOfficial/status ... 5750561793

"This weekend saw the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand. The staff and players at Oxford United stand in unity & reverence with our chairman Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth and the people of Thailand to mark this event.

Long live the King of Thailand
ทรงพระเจริญ 🇹🇭"

I'm not sure I want my club associated with this. I'm not very clued-up on Thai politics, but the country is run by a monarchist military junta, with a questionable record on democracy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/worl ... junta.html
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Re: OUFC's weirdest ever tweet

Post by recordmeister » Tue May 07, 2019 11:49 am

Would be interesting to know what other shareholders think about this...

Did they ‘balance’ it out with a tweet about Harry and Meghan’s boy?!?

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Re: OUFC's weirdest ever tweet

Post by slappy » Tue May 07, 2019 12:56 pm

tomoufc wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 11:40 am
https://twitter.com/OUFCOfficial/status ... 5750561793

"This weekend saw the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand. The staff and players at Oxford United stand in unity & reverence with our chairman Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth and the people of Thailand to mark this event.

Long live the King of Thailand
ทรงพระเจริญ 🇹🇭"

I'm not sure I want my club associated with this. I'm not very clued-up on Thai politics, but the country is run by a monarchist military junta, with a questionable record on democracy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/worl ... junta.html
Thailand is a very pro-monarchist society, so I am not surprised that our Thai owner has chosen to mark the coronation. The previous king and queen were very much revered and respected. Also I'm not sure what the event has to do with the politics of the country.

Though in a couple of weeks we may get another tweet congratulating the official results of the Indonesian elections, where Bakrie was part of the winning campaign team?

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Re: OUFC's weirdest ever tweet

Post by Dr Bob » Tue May 07, 2019 1:17 pm

I have no problem at all with Tiger expressing his support for the new monarch. Why, though, was it felt necessary to bring the club and its staff into this message?

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Re: OUFC's weirdest ever tweet

Post by OtmoorYellow » Tue May 07, 2019 1:40 pm

Not sure how the club can speak about this on behalf of the players and staff, who almost certainly know nothing about it.

It is a bit bizarre.

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Re: OUFC's weirdest ever tweet

Post by tomoufc » Tue May 07, 2019 2:42 pm

slappy wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 12:56 pm
tomoufc wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 11:40 am
https://twitter.com/OUFCOfficial/status ... 5750561793

"This weekend saw the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand. The staff and players at Oxford United stand in unity & reverence with our chairman Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth and the people of Thailand to mark this event.

Long live the King of Thailand
ทรงพระเจริญ 🇹🇭"

I'm not sure I want my club associated with this. I'm not very clued-up on Thai politics, but the country is run by a monarchist military junta, with a questionable record on democracy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/worl ... junta.html

Thailand is a very pro-monarchist society, so I am not surprised that our Thai owner has chosen to mark the coronation. The previous king and queen were very much revered and respected. Also I'm not sure what the event has to do with the politics of the country.

Though in a couple of weeks we may get another tweet congratulating the official results of the Indonesian elections, where Bakrie was part of the winning campaign team?
I am a republican. But even I would probably express my heartfelt reverence for the monarchy if my real views could lead to arrest, decades of imprisonment, possibly by a military court (https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/c ... s/thailand). Undoubtedly, many are monarchists in Thailand, but you need to think about the ones that aren't. And it seems to me that there's an important relationship between the monarchy and the military that has pernicious effects on human rights and democracy. So it does indeed look like a political statement, especially the way it was worded. Even in our monarchy-obsessed society, you rarely see phrases such as 'unity and reverence'.

So, without wishing to labour the point, it was at least a very strange tweet, and, at worst, the chairman using this club for his own, potentially questionable, political ends.
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Re: OUFC's weirdest ever tweet

Post by Kernow Yellow » Tue May 07, 2019 4:38 pm

slappy wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 12:56 pm
Though in a couple of weeks we may get another tweet congratulating the official results of the Indonesian elections, where Bakrie was part of the winning campaign team?
I thought that was Thohir. Or were they both involved?

Anyway, I for one welcome our new Far Eastern overlords! In fact, I think we should have marked the occasion with a seven minute ceremony of standing together in unity and reverence:

https://www.swfc.co.uk/news/2019/may/ow ... oronation/

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Re: OUFC's weirdest ever tweet

Post by slappy » Tue May 07, 2019 4:55 pm

Yes, Thohir.

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