‘Thai­land’s Got Tal­ent’ apol­o­gizes for ‘dis­re­spect­ing spir­its’

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The mak­ers of a Thai re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show have held an apolo­getic moun­tain­top prayer rit­ual af­ter view­ers ac­cused them of an­ger­ing sa­cred spir­its dur­ing their last episode.

“Thai­land’s Got Tal­ent,” which is based on the hugely suc­cess­ful Bri­tish fran­chise, found it­self in hot wa­ter af­ter an episode aired Fri­day.

The open­ing se­quences showed host Na Nuke, a pop­u­lar co­me­dian, stand­ing on a sa­cred spot at a north­ern Thai tem­ple where lo­cals be­lieve the Bud- dha left a foot­print.

In Thai cul­ture feet are the least sa­cred part of the body and great of­fence can be caused by stand­ing on some­thing con­sid­ered holy.

As crit­i­cism built Na Nuke and show pro­duc­ers rushed back to the Wat Chalermprakiat on a moun­tain in Lam­pang province on Sun­day to con­duct a prayer rit­ual apol­o­giz­ing for the gaffe.

“It dis­re­spected the sa­cred spir­its. So we needed to go to the sa­cred spir­its to apol­o­gize, that was the right thing to do,” Amara­porn Sang­tong, a spokes- woman for Work­point En­ter­tain­ment, which owns the rights to the tal­ent con­test told AFP on Tues­day.

Amara­porn said pro­duc­ers were not aware the spot was con­sid­ered sa­cred when they shot the footage months ago.

“We wanted to show a Thai­land tourist at­trac­tion, there were no other bad in­ten­tions at all,” she said.

Wat Chalermprakiat is made up of a se­ries of stu­pas and shrines perched pre­car­i­ously on a pic­turesque moun­tain ridge.

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