Thai’s Fake Leo ‘Suicide’

Feelings run high at Bangkok premiere

by Willow Green |
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Yesterday's premiere of The Beach in Bangkok brought out a wealth of eco-demonstrators keen to bring Thailand's attention to alleged damage to Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island, where the bulk of the film was shot last year. Anti-Beach DemonstratorThe Bangkok Post reports that protesters, who want to dissuade Thais from going to see the movie, carried aerial photographs of Maya Beach showing its condition before, during and after the filming - the later photos illustrating a habitat stripped of plant life.

But far more newsworthy than the photos was the 'Leo Suicide' (above), when a protester wearing a Leonardo DiCaprio mask faked hara-kiri, or Japanese ritual suicide. The explanation for this act was that it symbolised the shame that DiCaprio should be feeling due to his involvement in The Beach. Protester Manit Sriwanichpoom told the Bangkok Post, "I don't expect anything from this demonstration. All I ask is don't go see [The Beach]. This is when we will know the heart of Thai people."

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