A same-sex Thai couple who shared their heartwarming wedding photos on social media have been inundated with vicious homophobic hatred by Indonesian trolls.
Suriya Koedsang and his husband Bas found themselves in the middle of an intercultural flame war after sharing pictures of their April 3rd wedding ceremony.
Same-sex marriages are not yet legally recognized in Thailand, but like many Thai LGBT + couples, they held a traditional wedding reception to celebrate their union.
The newlyweds’ post immediately attracted a wave of obscene comments, mostly from Indonesia, where homosexuality is strictly illegal and receives corporal punishment.
By April 11, this had resulted in death threats against the couple, Koedsang’s parents, relatives and even the photographer.
As of Friday (April 16), the post had collected more than 469,000 comments and shared over 40,000 times.
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Commentators attacked their marriage as “forbidden by God” and as the “cause of the end of the world” and hurled a range of insults ranging from pantek (asshole) to Kontol (penis) to orang gila (madwoman).
The couple even received a horrific video of an Indonesian sexually homeless person having their throat cut, Koedsang told the Jakarta Post.
He finally addressed the situation in a public Facebook post on April 12th after being “non-stop” [three] consecutive days and nights of threats.
“I’ve got loads of questions on my mind, ‘Why?'” He asked.
“We got married in my warm home and family, my own place, my own [motherland] and what’s wrong with Indonesia and Indonesians? Why [the] have to be so dramatic? Why are you so hard on us? Do I have to hide if I haven’t done anything wrong? “
He went on to say that he respected all religions and mentioned the years he had spent in Pattani, a Thai province where Islam is the main religion.
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“I have no problem at all, not even a difficult time back there. In addition, my Muslim family has always supported me for who I am, ”he said.
“Religion never teaches you to hate others, to look down on people. In contrast, religion uses the human heart to be a good person. “
However, not all Indonesians reacted aggressively to the couple’s wedding. The hashtag #IndonesiaSaySorryForThailand was trending worldwide on Twitter on Wednesday. Many said they were ashamed of the homophobic attacks.
“As an Indonesian and part of LGBT, I really apologize for the mean comments and death threats. It’s such a shame. Please forgive us, ”wrote a user named Shara.