The Cambodian government has vowed to arrest three people suspected of posting a doctored porn image depicting King Norodom Sihamoni having gay sex with the message “King Cambodia is Gay.” The image was posted to Facebook by a Thai-speaking user on December 25. Merry Christmas!
No, we don’t have a copy of the image ourselves, but the Cambodian authorities are taking the offense very seriously. Cambodia Daily reports:
Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said Cambodia would consider asking the Thai government for help.
General Sopheak could not be reached on Sunday. But in an interview on Saturday with Radio Free Asia, broadcast on Sunday morning, he said authorities were pursuing three suspects, one of whom was living in Thailand.
“We have identified some suspects, two living in the country and one living outside; they worked in a group,” he said. “Insulting the king is a crime we consider equal to insulting the Khmer nation.”
The general did not identify the suspects or explain how authorities tied them to the image.
In Cambodia, disrespecting the king is serious business, worthy of legal penalties, though the punishment remains unclear. It makes you feel lucky to live in America, where we can make our public officials as gay as we want.