There is something that I want to note here but it is a very delicate matter. I was composing a tweet about it but then decided to delete. I haven’t been to the cinema for nearly two years. As you may know, before the movie begins, there is the royal anthem. I didn’t really think about it and I just automatically stood up. But then I noticed out of about 40 people in the cinema, there were only half a dozen of us standing. I’ve never personally experienced that before. I remember in the past, when someone refused to stand up, there was an ugly incident. But not now. What is interesting here is that it is not illegal to remain seated during the royal anthem. The wording is as follows:
“Whoever defames, insults, or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent, or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.”
As long as you remain respectful while seated, I don’t think you can be prosecuted. But, I personally don’t what to be the only person still sitting. Plus, it is not really my fight and I don’t want to comment further than this. I just wanted to make it known, from a historical point of view, that 2020-2021 was a transition period in Thailand in regard to the royal institution.