The sensitivities of people at this time are to be understood and are surfacing around Thailand as we all come to terms with the loss of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. There are increasing reports in the media of Thai citizens shaming others for not adhering to this unwritten rule – wear black and white to show your respect and to mourn the King. One such story came from social media in which a young man was questioned for not wearing black with the comment stating “what is his heart made of” and “he has no conscience” as the young man sat in a restaurant wearing an orange shirt. This particular incident was diffused after the man in the photograph responded with evidence that he had just returned from paying respects to his King.
The governmental Junta leader has called for people to be sympathetic and supportive of others. Black and white clothing is quickly selling out across Thailand and many are unable to afford new clothes. Attacks have been reported on people wearing colourful clothing and the victims of these attacks have stated their inability to afford clothing for this mourning period. This aggression and frustration has been aimed at Thai people, although, to show your respect at this time you may want to avoid the neon clothing.