The Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai army banned the use of Lazada in all military units after a controversial TikTok video sparked outrage from royalist groups.
General Narongpan Jitkaewtae claimed that Lazada’s controversial TikTok video had a character who looked similar to a member of the Thai royal family.
Jitkaewtae also ordered all enterprises under the control of the Royal Thai Army to stop using any of Lazada’s services.
However, politician Karoonpon Tiensuwan said that the ban infringed the army’s basic rights and deprived some personnel and their families of the opportunity to make some extra income from doing online business using Lazada.
The TikTok video showed two online influencers promoting the Lazada platform for clothes, and one of them sits in a wheelchair while portraying a character of a noble background.
Many Thai netizens criticized the video as a mockery of the disabled, while royalists felt it mocked Princess Chulabhorn who is required to use a wheelchair because of Lupus.
The Thai navy and air force are expected to follow suit but have not made a statement.
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