A THAI star’s research for a master’s degree thesis in 2016 showing that celebrities have a positive attitude towards the administration of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is going viral in the Thai social media today (Sept. 14) and attracting some criticism, Sanook.com reported.
The popular actor, Mario Maurer, born to a German father and a Thai Chinese mother, questioned 309 stars and actors in 2016, comprising 130 men and 179 women, in his research for a master’s degree in public administration – political communication branch from Krirk University.
Those interviewed were earning between 200,000 to 250,000 baht a month.
This research concludes that “stars’ attitude towards the administration of Gen, Prayut is on the whole very positive in the area of general administration, followed by education management, quality of life, his personal characteristics, economic management and the rights and liberties of the people.”
Part of the paper states that research on this topic was conducted because “celebrities and performers are a professional group that have a great influence on people. This is because of their being public figures in the field of entertainment which makes them popular with the people. The opinion and attitude of actors towards the administration of Gen. Prayut is therefore important as they influence public opinion.”
However Mario’s research ran into criticism with many Thai netizens pointing out that the paper had a lot of spelling errors with there also being leading questions and answers for several topics.
Others pointed out that the research was conducted in 2016 and over the past three years celebrities may have changed their attitude towards Gen. Prayut’s government.
Top: Actor Mario Maurer best known for his lead roles in the 2007 film “The Love of Siam” and the 2010 sleeper hit “First Love.” Thai headline says, “Thai stars are happy with Uncle Tu (Gen.Prayut).” Photo: Sanook.com