Yingluck accused of 'crocodile tears'

Questions have been raised over whether Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's emotional address to a press conference on Tuesday was staged.

A video clip showing the caretaker premier allegedly smiling shortly after she appeared to be on the brink of tears during a press conference has gone viral.     Ms Yingluck told the press conference that she will not step down as caretaker premier until a new cabinet has been formed after the general election scheduled for Feb 2.

She was visibly emotional when she answered a question about anti-government protesters' calls to evict the Shinawatra family from Thailand at the Thai Army Club press conference on Tuesday morning.  

"We are fellow Thais. Why do we have to hurt one another? 

"I have retreated so far and I don't know where to retreat further.

"Do you (anti-government protesters) want me to not even set foot on Thai soil?" Ms Yingluck said in a trembling voice.

But reports alleged that Ms Yingluck turned and smiled to a reporter who called out to her as she left the podium. 

Members of social networks have been sharing a video clip which appears to show Ms Yingluck turning around and smiling at someone around 10 seconds after delivering her teary-eyed speech to the media. 

The video sparked various theories on whether Ms Yingluck had faked her emotional response to reporters before being unknowingly caught on camera smiling shortly after. 

A Youtube user named Nuttapol Kittiwarawut commented on the video clip saying: "Wow! Such an actress!"

However, Ms Yingluck's supporters said she was only smiling to try and hide her true feelings and maintain her dignity as a leader.

A Youtube member using the alias Michael Lee argued Ms Yingluck was just trying to smile to alleviate the pressure she is under.

A Pantip user called Minning said: "Her smile meant she is OK, although she cried and was tired. Those wanting to destroy the PM with this nonsense are retarded."

The video clip, uploaded to YouTube by a user called Gun Rose, shows the prime minister smiling after her emotional appearance on national television. The clip had drawn more than 342,000 hits just hours after being posted.

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Discussion 1 : 11/12/2013 at 10:13 PM
"We are fellow Thais. Why do we have to hurt one another?" Good question Yingluck. Why has the Shinawatra family hurt Thais so much with their theft of state assets and failing economy. all for the good of one person.
Discussion 2 : 11/12/2013 at 11:15 AM
I feel sorry for her. However, she has to accept that the people don't want her whole Shin family in politics anymore. The amnesty was a wrong move yet showed that she has abused her power. It also showed the mission why the Shin people run for governor to bring back the wanted guy as a free man. So she got it correct. NO to the whole Shin family.
Discussion 3 : 11/12/2013 at 08:40 AM
There's no doubt Suthep is a scary individual who's a legend in his own mind, however Yingluck is the exact definition of a political puppet. That, my friend, is not propaganda.
Discussion 4 : 11/12/2013 at 08:40 AM
this is call basic courtesy. Despite being emotional depressed, she held on with gracious ethics to smile at someone who called after her. isnt it obvious
Discussion 5 : 11/12/2013 at 08:08 AM
She is not a superstar who is supposed to show demeanor and class, she is supposed to be the country's leader who is supposed to show fortitude, leadership and decision making skills. Abhisit out classed her in these leadership aspects.
Discussion 6 : 11/12/2013 at 08:03 AM
I must admit, I felt a little sorry for her when I heard her becoming emotional. But she is well aware of the consequences of representing her brother. The clan has to vacate politics for any chance for peace in Thailand.
Discussion 7 : 11/12/2013 at 07:57 AM
So in Thailand, people never smile shortly after shedding a few tears? What a strange country indeed. I guess the Thai people don't have the capacity to recover quickly from an emotional moment - I honestly didn't know that but from now on I'll expect my lady friend to keep bawling her head off for hours and hours after we've had a spat. I learn something new about Thailand every day.
Discussion 8 : 11/12/2013 at 07:44 AM
Her mistake was accepting the position her brother gave to her by buying majority votes (illegal) second mistake is she is not qualified to do the job as she simply cannot answer questions whenever asked. Thirdly she approved the bill at 04:30 am containing key points to be changed in order to bring her brother (a wanted criminal) back to Thailand. He brother is running Thailand from Dubai and using his daughter and paid cabinet members to follow his instructions. This is why the people want this family out as well as the crooked cabinet members.
Discussion 9 : 11/12/2013 at 07:30 AM
It could be either way. Her smile is certainly not something, which a western man could comment on and believe that he is correct. The Thai smile has so many meanings as it is, and when a woman smiles, it has even more meanings. In all fairness to her, she could have been a way to restore her dignity and to say that "I'm all right." At the same time, we should bear in mind that she knows what she should be doing for the country, but she is under great pressure from people around her, the Red Shirts, and her brother to do the wrong things for the country. This adds up to a lot of pressure, so I'm not surprized, if she cries now and then.
Discussion 10 : 11/12/2013 at 07:24 AM
the people of Thailand have been fooled for far too long by the Sinawatras..there should be a full investigation into all the Family's Business dealings and increadable wealth
Discussion 11 : 11/12/2013 at 06:50 AM
This is the Defence Minister (and PM) and the 5th time she has shown tears in public. Doesn't know where to retreat further to? Let us suggest Dubai, the place your brother retreated to (and yes, he fled the country to avoid his sentence, he was not banished as PTP and UDD claim).
Discussion 12 : 11/12/2013 at 05:54 AM
Now imagine if this was 2010 just after the brutal terrorist uprising and AV was on stage emtionally charged like YS then he walked off, turned around and smiled. I bet the comments would not be "the smile controversy is trash" and "what coolness and dignity he shown during this trying period" Nope those comments don't fit THAT agenda nicely. Only this agenda.
Discussion 13 : 10/12/2013 at 11:52 PM
The world should know what kind of PM Thailand is having right now, and why we are having huge protests explained it clearly.
Discussion 14 : 10/12/2013 at 11:49 PM
You have no idea what you are talking about, this is a corrupt family dictatorship running the country, this is unquestionable, what justification is there that this Thaksin regime is acceptable?. Winning elections through vote buying is just another corrupt practice.
Discussion 15 : 10/12/2013 at 11:45 PM
What has Yingluck done wrong? Apart from the bill... You see PMs who lie to get into power. But Yinglick has been honest, since she was campaigning. Also the media, is always looking for news that can make money. It's sad to see this. She has respected everyone. At this point it is very stressful as people are being unreasonable and wanting her to leave. Smiling to someone could mean a million things.. It's probably to hide her TRUE emotions at this point....
Discussion 16 : 10/12/2013 at 11:36 PM
the smile controversy is trash. One can smile to respond to a message of comfort or sympathy during dark moments including funerals. She has the right to smile and be a human being. Any other interpretation is non sense
Discussion 17 : 10/12/2013 at 11:36 PM
She has been a class above all the opposition leaders including Ahbishit. And what coolness and dignity she shown during this trying period and what a contrast between her demeanor and those from Suterp. I hope she will accept and run in the next election.
Discussion 18 : 10/12/2013 at 11:34 PM
Shes totally out of her depth, you should watch some of her interviews with western press its embarrassing and cringe worthy, this woman is not the leader of a country, she is an average person who has been placed in the position to benefit her brother. She's cracking up if the tears are for real, as PM and Defense minister she is weak and hopeless.
Discussion 19 : 10/12/2013 at 11:28 PM
How on earth can Bangkokpost publish this kind of news based on what's going on on Pantip? This is turning into gossip newspaper now. Terrible journalism!
Discussion 20 : 10/12/2013 at 11:25 PM
People who understand Thai emotion know that it is very difficult to judge inner feeling by outward expression. A Thai person can be angry with someone to the point of wanting to do bodily harm to them, but outwardly they are smiling as if they are the happiest person alive. It has to do with saving face. The fact that PM Yingluck was smiling to someone says absolutely nothing about her inner feelings.
Discussion 21 : 10/12/2013 at 11:14 PM
Just my opinion but she appeared to be upset in a more angry manner than tearful. Of course since we have only seen her with smiles for 3 years it is hard to say what her actual emotional appearance would look like. Even so she certainly looked very strong either way.
Discussion 22 : 10/12/2013 at 11:13 PM
The smear campaign has started ?
Discussion 23 : 10/12/2013 at 11:08 PM
One proverb said if you hit dog reserve some way for dog to escape if not dog will bite you back. Yingluck is the First Lady to be Thai prime minister, so far I never see and hear she speak any rude word to her opponent.
Discussion 24 : 10/12/2013 at 11:02 PM
The media make me sick. You the media are doing so much harm to this wonderful country of Thailand. What ever she does is not good enough for you as you are only interested in getting a government who will never be elected by the the will of the people. Accept the will of the Thai Nation and the government given to you by the will of the people through Democratic means (Elections of the people) not by self and media appointed dictaor committees.

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