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Sunday, April 2, 2023

#PopVultures Podcast: Thai boys’ love series star Mew Suppasit’s tweet sparks furore among Asian fans

Thai actor Mew Suppasit Jongcheveevat got fans into a bit of a frenzy after he posted several tweets explaining his relationship with his onscreen partner Gulf Kanawut Traipipattanapong. The two were stars of a popular Thai boys’ love drama TharnType: The Series (2019- 2020) and attracted many fans with their “couple pairing” both on and off screen. After Mew explained that he shares a purely platonic relationship with Gulf, he was accused of ‘queer baiting’. Jan examines why Mew’s words triggered so much unhappiness among fans. Highlights (tap/click above): 1:28 Who is Mew? 3:15 Thailand’s specialty in producing ‘BL’ dramas; and the difference in treatment with other Asian countries 7:25 How does ‘fan service’ play into its marketing? How celebs in this genre are marketed? 8:59 What did Mew say and why are fans upset?  14:11 What queer baiting actually means…

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