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Topless painter stirs morality debate in Thailand

A popular talent hunt show in Thailand that showed a woman contestant painting on a canvas with her bare breasts has sparked controversy, with the Culture Ministry seeking an explanation from the producers. 

The Culture Ministry expressed shock over the content shown on national television in an episode of 'Thailand has Got Talent' yesterday. Culture Minister Sukumol Khunploem said today that there must be limits to artistic expression after the episode showed the contestant painting on a canvas with her bare breasts.


The clip on YouTube showing 23-year-old Duangjai Jansaunoi painting with her breasts. 

Expressing shock, she said the ministry will meet the organisers of the TV show to get an explanation. The show was a recording and not a live broadcast and the organisers could edit "inappropriate" content, she said, while pointing out that the programme was televised when children were likely to be watching.

A clip uploaded to YouTube shows 23-year-old Duangjai Jansaunoi removing her shirt and bra, pouring paint on her bare breasts and rubbing her body on a canvas.

One of the three judges, actress Pornchita Na Songkhla, said the act was inappropriate to the country's culture and expressed her disappointment with many of the audience who voiced their support for the 23-year-old contestant. Two other judges, both male, said the woman passed the audition, saying the act was another type of artistic expression. 

The contestant told the judges that if she painted normally there would be nothing special. 

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