It looks like Thailand is trying to ban fun: first beach parties, then The Hunger Games salute, and George Orwell’s 1984. And now? Underboob. Specifically, underboob selfies, which are now apparently a thing. Just not in Thailand.
The viral trend, which involves women taking photos of, well, the undersides of their breasts, has raised eyebrows (and probably other things) in the Southeast Asian country, as it apparently violates its Computer Crimes Act, a 2007 law that restricts “obscene computer data which is accessible to the public” for national security reasons. But surely, more underboob is in the nation's breast interests.
"When people take these 'underboob selfies' no one can see their faces," ministry spokesman Anandha Chouchoti told Reuters. "So it's like, we don't know who these belong to, and it encourages others to do the same."
Thailand's Culture Watch Office director Yupha Thaweewattanakijborworn (good lord is that a long name) is also concerned that exposing the underboob craze may encourage more women to take below-the-bra selfies. But it’s not clear how the new ban will be policed, or how officials will actually identify culprits. Even so, perpetrators could receive a five-year jail sentence for their pics.
This is all pretty weird, considering Thailand's sex tourism and red light districts. But hey, more power to them. Quite literally.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.