An actor has apologised to the public over an online post that, many people think, takes sexual crimes in a light-hearted way.
Pharunyoo Rojanawuttitham, the actor who portrays a gang-rapist in a TV series, was attacked for posting a picture of himself and several other actors with the message reading, “We are arrested for rape. If you are interested, you can choose any of us to rape you.”
In the face of strong criticism, Pharunyoo removed the offending post, apologised, and explained that he just intended to promote the TV series “La” (Hunt).
He said he did not mean to treat sexual crimes lightly.
“In real life, in my personal opinion, I in fact even want to see rapists being sentenced to death,” he said.
He has previously joined calls to increase the legal penalty against rapists.
In one of his latest posts, Pharunyoo said he hoped his bad choices of words in the offending post sparked not just criticism but also serious, continued efforts to fight against sexual crimes.
“I will be pleased to join the campaign against sexual violations. Please join forces,” the actor said.
Before the apology came out, a psychiatrist vented her frustration on social media. |She said she personally liked Pharunyoo, a good-looking actor with bad-boy image, but could not tolerate his light-hearted comment about rape.
“Rape victims in the series apparently feel even worse than they are in hell. That’s why one of them starts hunting down the culprits,” she emphasised.
The series tells the story of a divorcee and her teenage girl who were gang-raped. The young victim has lost her mind following the attack. The mother, meanwhile, has embarked on a bloody mission to take revenge on all attackers.
This psychiatrist disclosed that more than 10 doctors and psychiatrists had provided counselling to the production team in the hope of sending a message across that no sexual crimes should take place.
“You can’t treat rapes lightly. A rape hurts a woman much more than killing her,” she said.