Granted the distinction is a subtle one, but some people should not comment on politics until they can tell the difference between farce & electoral politics. The nomination of Thai “Princess” Ubolratana as a candidate for prime minister is actually more shameful than farcical. She’s a pop singer, game show host, soap opera star, & Instagrammer. More to the point, she hasn’t a single credential making her appropriate as a political candidate in a country with a military dictatorship & a monarchy. Politics are serious business, not spectacle. To show how serious her nomination was, the party nominating her withdrew it as soon as the current monarch (her brother) objected. Not the kind of political leadership needed to bring a junta to its knees.

Giles Ji Ungpakorn, in exile after being charged under Thailand’s lèse-majesté laws, calls this “the politics of the sewer.”