Weluree Ditsayabut (Thai: เวฬุรีย์ ดิษยบุตร), is a Thai beauty queen who currently holds the Miss Universe Thailand 2014 and will represent her country at Miss Universe 2014.
According to news site Khaosod English and CNN, the 22-year-old has often published scathing comments about the “red shirt” movement on her Facebook page, which now appears to have been deleted.
“I am not neutral. I am on the side of His Majesty the King,” Weluree said in a comment from November, Khaosod English reported. “I’m so angry at these evil activists. They should all be executed.”
Pro-government supporters have questioned Weluree’s pageant victory on popular online forums and social media sites. A Facebook page in protest of her winning the competition had over 10,000 “likes” on Monday — although some users criticized her appearance and claimed she won because of her connections, rather than raising concerns about her anti-red shirt comments.
The deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, Phil Robertson, condemned Weluree’s remarks on Twitter. “Perhaps (a) better title is Miss Politically Divided #Thailand? Shameful when beauty queens are calling for executions,” he wrote. Picture from the BBC.
Weluree Ditsayabut will now preparing for the Miss Universe 2014 pageant with more than 80 girls around the world. Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela will crown the 2014 successor to cap the Donald Trump-backed international contest. Thailand’s beauty contests over the past few years have been cited by various groups as being influenced form the beginning of contestant entry by influence from political and business interests. No investigative reporting has been carried out into the subject to date.