July 03, 2012 00:00
By The Nation
Popular singer Amita "Tata" Young is just a little less popular after posting a "self-portrait with cigarette" on Instagram.
So of course, on her return home from a trip to the US, Tata had to hit the reset button, apologising profusely for the puff. There had, of course, been outrage here – on the social media of course.
“I am very sorry for the offence the picture may have caused,” Tata wailed. “It really was an improper picture, and I immediately deleted it. I also want to thank those from my fan club who came out to defend me.”
Shifting to lower gear. “However, I plead with the public not to overreact. I have my personal life, and sometimes I want to share my personal aspects online.
“I do realise,” she went on and on, “that the cigarette picture could come across as improper, but I am an honest person, and I have nothing to hide. It’s like a picture of me holding a glass of wine, really, if you ask me about its gravity. I understand that each of us have different views and judgement. And from now on I will be more considerate and careful before posting anything for the public to see.”
Well good, because how long does Tata think she can count on the support of her many new fans in Vietnam, where she’s just recorded the single “Where Do We Go” with a local band, in English and Vietnamese.
All new to Tak
Bongkot “Tak” Kongmalai is the first to admit she wasn’t exactly born to play Auntie Waad in ML Bandevanop “Mom Noi” Devakul’s remake of “Jan Dara”.
“I portray a very conservative, submissive and sensitive woman – which is so very unlike me,” Tak says. “It requires a lot of subtle acting, and I have to cry a lot – that’s the biggest challenge.”
Mom Noi seems to have no qualms about casting Tak, though. “In a traditional Thai costume she looks exactly like what the novelist Ussana Ploengtham describes!”