Miss Universe Thailand Steps Down Following Social Media Backlash

Shawn Bailey

If you're Miss Universe Thailand, it turns out you can't call for the political opposition's execution without someone calling you fat.

Miss Universe Thailand, Weluree Ditsayabut, has stepped down following a social media backlash. The decision follows an uproar in the social media tied to her Facebook and Twitter comments.

Weluree Ditsayabut, also known as Nong Fai, gave up her title of Miss Universe Thailand after a month of heavy, negative feedback from online social circles. The 22-year-old English student and talk show host resigned in tears less than a month after her May 17 crowning. The first part of the controversy comes from her Facebook remarks made months ago. Khaosod English reports she stated:

"I am not neutral. I am on the side of His Majesty the King."

"I'm so angry at these evil activists. They should all be executed."

"I'm so angry at these evil activists. They should all be executed."

In September of 2006, a military coup unseated the Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, and the country has been in political unrest since. In April of 2010, Red Shirts protests led to a confrontation with the army that left 87 dead and over 1,300 injured. In July of 2011, Thaksin's sister Yingluck Shinawatra won the general election. Political stability unravelled quickly again for Thailand starting on May 7, 2014, when Yingluck was forced to step down as Prime Minister. On May 20 the Thai army declared martial law, announcing a coup only two days later. And still people were cheering on the bathing suit competition.

The other side of the controversy, that is somehow holding the same media weight as the political unrest, is the crowning itself. As every reality show viewer knows, the favorite doesn't always win. So is the case with Miss Universe Thailand. Pimbongkod "Ellie" Chankaew, who took second place, appeared to be the crowd favorite. The crowds booed and chanted "Keep on fighting Ellie" as Nong Fai was crowned. Afterwards, angry viewers attacked Nong Fai via Facebook and Twitter, comparing her to Godzilla and calling her fat. Fai responded at a Bangkok hotel thanking the people for both the good and bad comments and explaining her decision to relinquish the title of Miss Universe Thailand.

"At first, my family was happy for me when I was crowned. But there's no more happiness following waves of criticism from the society."

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