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Thailand’s junta chief asked for a new TV backdrop—and the internet answered

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Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, head of the military junta that seized power in Thailand in May, complained to reporters this week that Thais were not tuning in to his weekly televised address, ”Returning Happiness to the People.”

According to the Thai newspaper Matichon, as translated by the news site Khaosod English, Prayuth instructed producers to change the backdrop for his TV address—currently an image of the Government House building and Thai national flag—to something “more attractive.”

And that’s when Thailand’s legion of Photoshop jokesters got to work:

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You can see dozens of Prayuth backdrops at the Facebook page “Change the Backdrop.” Just don’t expect Prayuth to adopt any of the suggestions: When asked by a reporter about the Facebook page today, he said (video in Thai), “I’ve seen it. They are all disgusting,” Khaosod English reported.

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