THAILAND: Gay Tourists Face “Long Jail Term” After Posting Mooning Photo From Buddhist Temple [VIDEO]

San Diego’s CBS affiliate reports:

Friends of a San Diego couple fear the worst after the pair, known for their risqué travel photos, was caught up in a scandal overseas and disappeared.

The couple, Travis Ti and Joseph Dasilva, took photos at Buddhist temples in Thailand, and the concern has grown on social media after a post said they were at a police station.

The San Diego couple known as Traveling Butts on Instagram has more than 14,000 followers on the social media platform. Their photos showcase themselves posing with their naked rear ends in front of landmarks across the globe.

Their most recent posts in front of Buddhist temples sparked outrage on social media after people called them ignorant and disrespectful.

The Thai government has released a statement:

“A gay American couple who author the Instagram page ‘Traveling Butts’ has been arrested at Don Mueang International Airport for having taken photos showing their backsides with the respected Temple of the Dawn. A deputy spokesman for the immigration police said the charge would not be a normal public indecency charge. Instead, they would be charged with committing indecency in a place of worship, which carries a long jail term. This is a reminder that everyone should have respect for Thai religion and culture.”


(Tipped by JMG reader Manuel)

  • Kevin Perez

    Their first mistake was Thailand! Phuket, I ain’t going!

    • Paula Key

      It’s a wonderful country with kind people. They also have laws.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Any kind of jail sentence is beyond ridiculous and Overkill. But I’ve traveled enough to know that you should have some respect for the places you’re going and the cultures your seeing. Do research before you go

    • Daveed_WOW

      Can’t have it both ways

      • Mike Rasor

        Actually, a rational human being can very logically say that the gentlemen’s behavior was disrespectful but not deserving of a jail sentence. There are numerous examples of behavior we find socially wrong, or even criminal, for which the penalty of imprisonment is not used because we all acknowledge it would be an inappropriate penalty.

        • Nowhereman

          Well in Thailand, doing this in front of a temple is a serious crime. I think it’s Singapore where chewing gum could get you jail time, too. Basically, know the rules before you go.

          • Priya Lynn

            In my opinion, just don’t go. There’s no way I’d leave Canada, its just too risky that you could get imprisoned for some innocuous innocent behavior.

          • Nowhereman

            I agree. I’ll watch the documentary if I’m curious. One of my brothers got arrested and imprisoned in Thailand–probably for cannabis. (We’re not close and I really don’t care.) They had him in a debtors’ prison–every day he was there he was charged more money for his lodging, and the idea is that he would have died there since he’d never be able to pay it off. Finally the embassy got ahold of one of my other brothers and he took pity on him and paid his bill, and the embassy fronted him a plane ticket.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Yes, actually you can.

    • ElenorRigby

      I have to agree that a long jail sentence is overkill for what is essentially a victimless crime, but my guess is that foreign countries are sick of ugly Americans coming and disrespecting them and their cultures.

      Let’s see if Trump is willing to go free them.

      • Nowhereman

        Bottom line, it’s their country, not ours.

        • ElenorRigby

          For sure… know the laws in every country you visit, respect the people and respect their laws and rules. These guys didn’t. I do feel bad for them but they DID travel to a foreign country to essentially moon a sacred place. They couldn’t’ have thought that was ok.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    I hope they enjoy their time in prison learning Thai culture. Like the State Department warns, “Know before you Go!”

    • Maybe they should add “don’t do this” on the State Department site?

      https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/thailand.html

      Granted, they do point out:

      You are subject to local laws when traveling abroad. If you violate
      local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or
      imprisoned.

      (Side note, I’m amused that the entry for Taiwan specifically warns people about scooters. Of course, that’s a good thing – many scooter riders don’t follow traffic laws there)

      • seant426

        It’s Thailand.

        • Nowhereman

          Side note–it’s just a fun fact about another foreign country.

        • jonfromcalifornia

          Yup, two things you don’t disrespect there, their King and their religion.

          • Paula Key

            Many years ago I asked a woman if she could speak English. She did and then asked me why I had asked that question. I pointed to an English sign that stated= no nudity or women removing swim top.’ Her response was that she was bringing money into a third world country and it was not going to restrict her freedom.’ She remained topless for her entire stay.

    • Gerry Fisher

      We still have a State Department?! /s

    • Priya Lynn

      I think the punishment should fit the crime and any prison time for showing a normal natural part of the human anatomy is excessive.

      • usorthem3

        Uploading porn on a Thai Internet service provider is against the law there so maybe you should not be so pussy grabbed.

    • Joey Bade

      Fuck Thailand and Buddhism. I want to see the bare asses. I don’t give a shit about their fucking customs.

      • JoshuaSamuels

        “I don’t give a shit…” That’s clearly evident. More self-entitled ego.

      • Paula Key

        walk naked in Pride?

      • usorthem3

        Stay out of their country or abide by their laws typical fucking Trumper homocon piece of shit.

  • FootyMax

    It’s cliché, but when in Rome… I have no sympathy for them. Respect the culture of the country you are visiting.

    • Ranger One

      And these cultures have long histories. Make them tape a video of apology. Then they can go back to their social medial hell.

    • Randy503

      And their laws. Why do people think that freedom of speech protects you everywhere?

    • JohnInCA

      “Respect” in the “an act of giving particular attention” definition†? Sure.

      “Respect” in the “high or special regard” definition†?
      Nope.

      Follow the laws of wherever you’re at. And if you find the laws untenable (for example, nations that criminalize homosexuality), then you should think long and hard before you travel there. But while you should act like you respect the laws and culture of your hosts, sincere respect is something that should be earned, not freely given.
      ________
      †Definitions taken from Merriam-Webster.

  • joeyj1220

    Cute couple and this is awful, but the behaviour on their part is so boorish and ugly-American.

    • ccc

      They are not cute. They are ugly inward and outward. Yuck!

  • SBW

    I get their kitschy little act, but they went out of bounds on this one. People must respect other cultures and laws. They’re just stupid and may be in serious trouble.

  • Butch

    Worthy of jail time? Maybe not, but what a stupid, immature, disrespectful thing to do.

    • joeyj1220

      I think they’re also victim to their own selfie, narcissistic generation “Look at meeeeeee”

    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      Yeah, I think so. Maybe not long-term, but a week or a serious fine, hell yes.

      What if they had pissed on Buckingham Palace? Jerked off in the Louvre? Or lets turn it around, Ozzy Osburne was arrested and fined for pissing on the Alamo…

      • Butch

        It isn’t really on the same level but I keep thinking about the time I got into an argument in Cozumel with a woman from one of the cruise ships who was extremely, extremely upset because “all the damn prices are marked in Mexican.”

        • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

          That is funny & sad. I suspect she owns a MAGA hat.

        • HappyDance904

          I was on a cruise to Cozumel once, and this lady said she doesn’t understand why there are, “So damned many foreigners here!” I just smh and kept walking……

      • Steverino

        One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble…

        • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

          Well done sir!

    • thatotherjean

      Their actions might not be worthy of jail time here, but Thailand doesn’t play by our rules. They don’t really separate Church and State. Those two would be in jail even longer if they had insulted the king.

      • Nowhereman

        If the GOP tax cuts for the filthy rich passes, we will be merging church and state real soon too.There’s a clause in there to allow religious groups to participate fully in politics AND keep their tax exemption. I wonder if that will apply to all tax exempt groups.

  • Al

    Totally clueless American tourists: they’re still a thing! I fear for these boys given the current “strength” of our State Dept. and the “concern” about gay people in this government. Guys, you really fucked up this time.

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      I doubt they are clueless (well maybe about the Thai criminal code). They clearly have money and seem to enjoy traveling to disparage other cultures with with juvenile acts that are more common in the 3d grade and are simply offensive when performed by adults.

      • Al

        When I look in their eyes I don’t see brilliance…..when I look at their travel photos I see exhibitionists. Their schtick is not a misguided political act; the bottom line (no pun intended) is that they represent the epitome of provincialism: to be precise, not understanding (or caring about) a world outside their own, despite being able to afford to travel so much.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

    Sorry I have no tolerance for stupid on social media. Enjoy your jail time.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/98a57939b20468e1196386162f6dd861a282535e873d97468a0bf9a502a56881.gif

  • gaycuckhubby

    To be fair, if they did this in the Sistine Chapel and got arrested we would all be lambasting the Catholic church on here.
    Both parties are in the wrong here I feel. They’re stupid and the law is unjust

    • Daveed_WOW

      Do not engage is whataboutism

      • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

        agreed, that is very “Roy Moore.”

      • gaycuckhubby

        Why? Buddhist temples are no more sacred than any other place of worship.

        • Daveed_WOW

          Changing the subject is just classic.

          • gaycuckhubby

            Ok. I also think it’s relevant but whatever I’ll stop.

          • Daveed_WOW

            I doubt it

          • Bj Lincoln

            T…t….t….Troll! Run!

        • thatotherjean

          Unless you’re Buddhist, which most of Thailand is.

    • HoneyBoySmith

      I think the reaction would be the same.

      People here are faulting BOTH parties. As they should.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Me included.

    • TuuxKabin

      Wanna go rewrite Thai law?

      see Daveed_WOW, below.

    • IamSmartypants

      Nope. Same reaction. I’m a stone cold atheist, and am happily indifferent to various forms of religious self-delusion. But this is more akin to a flasher coming to your neighborhood and showing their junk to passersby. The behavior is juvenile at best and understandably offensive to many.

  • Christopher Hoven

    No sympathy for anyone who travels to a foreign country ignorant of its culture and customs. The State Department has web pages for each country and warns travelers what is not acceptable. Not much the US Embassy in Thailand can do for this couple.

    • Nowhereman

      Watch out for hand gestures, too. And in some countries it’s an insult to keep your hands in your pockets while talking to someone.

  • Tawreos

    If you are going to do stupid stuff like this in a foreign land at least be smart enough to wait to post the evidence after you have left the damn country

  • Bluto

    They’re going to pay a high price for being ugly Americans.

    • Robincho

      It sucks when the ugliest American of all is in the Oval Orifice…

      • Steverino

        Apparently, his sole qualification for grabbing the Oval Office was his talent for grabbing the oval oriface.

  • Friday’s_cat

    A comedy staple of the ’50s ’60s was jokes about rude French waiters, if the audience only had a clue they would have been mortified.

  • Bj Lincoln

    A long term sentence seems a little much but they should have a little respect for the cultures and religions of the places they visit. Figures it is crass Americans that would show their ass in another country.

    • TuuxKabin

      Yep.

  • Boreal

    Dumb stunt. I have no pity for idiots. The ugly American abroad. I can usually tell my fellow citizens when I travel by their boorishness.

    • TuuxKabin

      Ditto. And,btw, Dilly Dawg’s gone all holidaze on ya’?

  • Such morons. Let’s leave aside that “traveling butts” is stupid and the ‘pictures of the same thing in different places’ lost its novelty over 10 years ago, they’ve reinforced the stereotype of the clueless American tourist having zero respect and complete ignorance of the treasures of other cultures. And they did this while also reinforcing the stereotype of gay men sexualizing everything and unable to keep their clothes on. Well played, jerks!

    • Dr. T

      Not to mention the stereotype of gay men as perpetual adolescents with too much disposable income who take nothing seriously. Which unfortunately is too often true.

      • clay

        Whew, for a minute there I thought you were saying Trump is gay.

        • Dr. T

          god I hope not. But these guys have something in common with Trump–narcissism. They obviously think they’re hot shit and therefore can behave as they please. They, like Trump, deserve some serious jail time.

    • Rolf

      Travelling_Assholes

      I have no sympathy whatsoever.

      • Joey Bade

        Then you’re the asshole.

    • Kruhn

      They should’ve read up on Thailand before pulling this don’t. Perhaps a decade ago, they may have gotten away with it, but Thailand currently has a military junta in power and was in the middle of mourning their late king.

      I think the Thai government is wrong in arresting them, but I wouldn’t travel to a country and do something that’ll get me in trouble and I avoid ostensible dictatorships as they love arresting people on a whim.

      • Phaius

        I think Americans have this impression of Thailand as permissive of everything, but also because they’re Buddhists. They’re familiar with the very liberal western styles of Tibetan Buddhism and assume it means all Buddhists are relaxed about things like that. Problem is, Theravada Buddhists are the most conservative and traditionalist of the branches. Sri Lanka is Theravada and similarly conservative, and as we’ve seen with Cambodia, there too.

    • Nowhereman

      They should have their passports yanked. After they serve their time and are deported, that is.

  • Blake Mason

    I am having trouble trying to summon any sympathy for them. All I can say is good luck with the courts there.

  • Puck

    Maybe Trump will free them like he did in China!!!

    • clay

      Do they have parents that Donny wants to trash?

    • Bj Lincoln

      And then you woke up. Drumpf won’t do a thing to save a couple of gay men. He will not say a thing or agree with what most of us are saying.

  • 3-Star

    Did they vote for Trump? LOL

  • Sigh. Idiots.

  • j.martindale

    I imagine there are plenty of straight people who do self-destructive stuff like this, too. But it is an embarrassment to the gay community. Grow up, guys.

    • Mr. Enemabag Jones

      I get the feeling this is more about the gay than the uncovered butts.

      • seant426

        That’s an interesting angle. It would be good to know if any women have done this or male/female couples and what the outcomes were.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Mooning appears to be presently an online travel fad (“trend”) with women, men, mixed sex couples, even groups. I’m not sure why it is “trending”.

      • William

        People should moon Trump.

        • Steverino

          As well as the headquarters of the Moonie newspaper in Washington, D.C.

  • DaddyRay

    They are in real trouble – they can’t claim it wasn’t them after posting the photos themselves. They had to know the risks and just didn’t care because it got them subscribers. I worry what will happen to them in a Thai prison but they also should have considered that before taking the photo

  • IAMBOWLINGQUEEN

    Butts are more sacred than temples.

  • Dot Beech

    When you travel to a foreign country, you are subject to that country’s laws. Deal with it.

    And don’t be this painfully stupid.

  • gaycuckhubby

    if I have to guess I would say that when sentencing time comes they will serve a couple weeks in prison at most. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking though

    • netxtown

      I will hold out hope that the Thai government is more mature and rational than our dotard leader. Escort their asses (covered) to the airport – ban them from ever returning – and then put them on a plane out.

      Detaining/imprisoning any tourist anywhere for anything short of murder has economic impact. Any harsh punishment will not be well received by the traveling public – regardless of how stupid the stunt.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Yeah. I think they will make a big show about to warn other tourists about similar actions.
        But in the end they rely heavily on tourism and won’t want to follow through with imprisoning tourists for pranks

        • BobSF_94117

          The current Thai govt, installed in the 2014 coup, is much more concerned about building and sustaining popular support. Unfortunately for these two guys, being made an example will help the govt. And I don’t mean an example of leniency.

      • kareemachan

        Yeah, it might make people think before they do something stupid.

      • cleos_mom

        Just taking them to the airport would make their little mooning stunt a success. I’d be more in favor of a month or two at least to scare the shit out of them.

    • Stubenville

      The Thai people take their religion and King very, very seriously, so I’m afraid this is an unlikely outcome for their foolish behavior. I’d guess ten to twenty year terms (and it would be worse if they insulted the King.)

      • thatotherjean

        Oops. I commented without seeing your post first, and said substantially the same thing. Sorry.

  • gaycuckhubby

    I’d expect this from a group of 20 year old frat boys

  • OdieDenCO

    15 minutes of fame paid for with years in jail. the stupidity of traveling americans knows no bounds.

  • netxtown

    My, my..where to begin.
    I’m recalling that photo op of the guy face fucking the jeebus statue. And there are the pics of tourists posing so that it looks like they are holding a Roman gawd’s balls. And i wonder how much the ‘icky gay’ factor played into this. Would a hot sexy woman in a thong receive the same treatment?

    Their one joke traveling show has now reached ‘infamy’ – but let’s hope the message isn’t lost: Don’t be an ass and build your own prison.

    • IamSmartypants

      I have a lot of Thai friends and volunteer to support cultural exchange between the U.S. and Thailand. The country has a very relaxed attitude toward same-sex relationships and gender non-conformity, so I don’t think anyone is bothered by the day part. On the other hand, they take respect for religion and their king VERY seriously. These jerks are about to learn about consequences in a very unpleasant way.

  • Jack

    Time for a Midnight Express remake.

    And a reprint of The Ugly American.

    • William

      Only if there are graphic sex scenee with the Swedish cellmate, like in the book. The original movie changed that part of the story.

      • Jack

        It’s the 21st Century. They’ll add even more sex!

        • William

          Just so long as it doesn’t get made into a musical.

      • PeedeResistance

        Among other things the cheesy Hollywood movie ‘sanitized.’

    • cleos_mom

      People reading that book for the first time would be surprised at the term “Ugly American” having a double meaning.

  • Guess

    No way will .45 want these guys kissing his ring in exchange for a phone call. And that’s a good thing.

    Bye, Feliciae.

  • TuuxKabin

    Too bad. Log Cabinettes?

    • Steverino

      Being from San Diego, and having enough $ to travel the world (unless one or both of them are in the travel industry, with access to free or heavily discounted fares) it’s possible.

      My first thought when I saw this article was of those two fools from Palm Springs who several years ago were arrested for fucking in plain sight on their gay cruise ship stateroom verandah at port in Dominica, a notoriously anti-gay Caribbean Island. They got off (so-to-speak) relatively lightly.

  • Blackfork

    I have no problem with their getting jail time. They didn’t go to Thailand to enjoy the culture or meet the people, but to shine their butts at a religious shrine, and to spread their record of the act across their stupid instagram page. And they should have realized Trump’s state department is not likely to care to get them released.

    • doninkansas

      Same here. Entitled assholes.

  • Hue-Man

    This is the same country – from June 2017.
    Man jailed for 35 years in Thailand for insulting monarchy on Facebook
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/09/man-jailed-for-35-years-in-thailand-for-insulting-monarchy-on-facebook

    • kareemachan

      Yup, it’s their country. Not a mini-America. Different actions have different consequences in different countries. I’m not saying I agree with that, but it. is. not. the. US.

    • Pip

      Their country, their rules. The King was sacred to a lot of folks there. Insulting him was one of the worst things you could do there. It’s not an unspoken rule either. It’s a very obvious thing. Maha Vajiralongkorn is in no way as deeply respected as his father was, but it’s made clear that you are to respect the royal family. Period.

      Now, with that said, I think 35 years is just insane, but again their rules…

  • TexasBoy

    Someone needs to tell Trump that his ratings will double if he desecrates a thai temple. Then let them arrest him.

  • AdamTh

    I remember when I traveled outside the US for the first time about 20 yrs ago. The company I was working for at the time had me sign a statement saying that I realized and accepted the fact the US Constitution DOES NOT apply outside the US. Even in “friendly countries” you are subject to their laws – freedom of speech, religion or freedom from religion should not be assumed.

    • cleos_mom

      Exactly what crosses my mind whenever I hear some pious turd on the radio claiming that our civil rights “don’t come from the government; they come from God.”

      People believing that, should they be arrested in places like Turkey and China, would do well to remind the arresting officers of that. The latter could always use a good laugh.

  • Gigi

    ” the pair, known for their risqué travel photos…” Come on people, do your research. Be respectful of traditions and cultures when you travel! Do what you like when you’re at home but when you travel, be on your best behavior. You’re not only representing the gay community, you’re representing America.

    • kareemachan

      It seems to me that they don’t care about that as long as they can get some attention. It’s all about them, after all…

  • TexasBoy

    Dear Fellow Americans….other countries do not have the same rights and Constitution that we do. Anyone travelling abroad should know that. Do not expect to be handled with kid gloves just because you are Americans. Actions have consequences.

  • Tread

    Wow, everyone casting stones at these two and saying they deserve prison, that’s really fucked. Prison? For showing their butts? We suddenly have a lot of prude motherfuckers up in this joint.

    • TexasBoy

      Prudes? No. Simply people smart enough to know that not all countries have the same rules, and hence the old expression, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

      • Tread

        Maybe prude isn’t the right word, but there are a lot of moralistic high horses shouting about how disrespectful this is and then ogling this couple’s instagram. Defending the insane Thai government’s “laws” is disgusting. They put a man in prison for 35 years for writing a disparaging post on Facebook about them. That’s who you’re defending.

        • TexasBoy

          So, by your logic, it is OK for foreign tourists to come to the USA and totally ignore our laws and traditions? Drive on left side of the road, urinate in public, and so forth?

          Or is ignoring foreign laws only for Americans?

          • William

            Eat pets.

          • Tread

            Those are penalties that result in fines, not prison sentences. But hey, keep defending the Thai government’s insane punishments.

          • TexasBoy

            Again, they are in Thailand. Thailand makes the rules. They should have known what penalties may be involved before showing their bare butts. Even in the US, ignorance of the law is not an excuse.

          • Phil in Colorado

            LOL. Alright TexasBoy… I’m sure many foreign tourists came to your state before Lawrence V Texas and had some fantastic gay sex. I’m remembering a German dude in El Paso right now…. 🙂. I’m not saying what these two guys did was not wrong but let’s get a little perspective here and remember how many of us broke local laws wherever we went… I certainly never thought my German friend deserve prison for what we did…

          • ErikDC

            Publicly exposing yourself in a house of worship is not equivalent to criminalizing private sexual conduct between consenting adults. That is a nonsensical comparison.

          • Phil in Colorado

            You wouldn’t know it by some of the comments on here. Not many are making that distinction. And honestly, it’s a pretty legitimate comparison when some cultures, even our own make absolutely no distinction between our private and public behavior when deciding to turn us into criminals

          • Priya Lynn

            Baring your butt doesn’t present a threat of a fatal accident – not the same thing at all.

        • Stubenville

          I don’t agree with the punishments meted out under Thai law, but what the two did is foolish and culturally insensitive. And unfortunately what I think is appropriate punishment (a large fine and expulsion form Thailand upon payment) is unlikely to mesh with what the Thai government gives them.

          • Tread

            I have a big problem with the morality police on here saying these two deserve prison. It’s fucking gross.

          • usorthem3

            Go fuck your sister some more inbred POS.

          • Tread

            Aww, look at the triggered troll.

        • ErikDC

          It’s illegal to do this even in the United States, which makes it especially stupid to do in a foreign country that lacks the same standard of due process.

          I have no sympathy for people who do stupid things simply to get followers on social media.

          • Tread

            So sending them to prison is good? Got it.

          • ErikDC

            Nice straw man, dude.

            I’m not responsible for the the laws in Thailand. I’m only responsible for following them if I choose to visit the country (which I have not).

            This isn’t a case of cultural misunderstanding. Taking a similar series of nude photographs inside Catholic churches in the United States would have landed them in legal trouble here, as well.

          • Tread

            Fines at most. Definitely not a prison sentence. But keep defending the insane Thai justice system.

          • ErikDC

            Millions of Americans have visited Thailand without this problem, Tread.

            There are poor choices all around in this story. The fact remains though that the couple willfully set in motion this series of events themselves. Remaining clothed while in a house of worship is an extraordinarily easy law to follow. It is not one the average American would find burdensome or unnecessary.

          • Phil in Colorado

            Tread started out his comments slamming people who are so quick to support prison sentences for these two. So thinking in those terms, let’s take that opinion to a possible logical conclusion… Say these guys get a 10 year sentence in prison for doing this. Are the people on this site who hear about these guys 9 years later actually going to say, “Wow, I’m sure glad those guys who mooned that temple are still in prison!” Sounds silly, but that is exactly what many people on here are saying. So yeah, I’m going to agree with tread on this… many of the laws that have been lifted in my lifetime that have enabled me to live the life I’m living today are the result of people who cared enough to not just say, ” screw it… Just let him rot in prison…”

          • ErikDC

            They won’t spend 10 years in prison. Our government will negotiate their release long before that happens. I expect they’ll be released after a few weeks or months, a term which they frankly deserve.

          • Phil in Colorado

            Erik, I really do hope that’s what happens.

          • RoFaWh

            After they spend a stint in a Thai jail, I can guarantee you that these two will think twice about such brain dead shenanigans. This will definitely be a good thing.

            Don’t like the laws of Thailand? Then don’t visit the country.

          • Tread

            You bet I won’t. I don’t want my money propping up countries with moralist bullshit underpinnings.

    • motordog

      It’s not their butts that are offensive to me, it’s their stupidity and childish sense of entitlement. They were in another country, and chose to act as if they had the right to do whatever they pleased, with no consequences. On the other hand, I DON’T think they deserve any jail time…I agree that’s going too far the other direction…but unfortunately for them it’s not up to ME what their punishment should be.

      I’m a HUGE fan of butts! And for the record…they have very nice ones.

    • kareemachan

      Wow, you sound like an “entitled” American. You seem to be a really stupid motherfucker.

      • Tread

        You seem to think that imposing the harshest of penalties on people who do stupid things is absolutely necessary. It’s moralist, holier-than-thou bullshit. Fuck the Thai government and fuck you for defending their insane “justice” system.

        • RoFaWh

          Sometimes the only cure for stupidity is a good caning.

    • AdamTh

      People, especially Americans, need to accept that there are still a lot of religion-induced, superstitious mo-fos running around in the world – and many of them are in control of world governments. In their country, they make the rules. If you are in their country, you play by those rules.

      • Tread

        I’m not arguing with that, but defending the penalty levied against them is unconscionable.

        • AdamTh

          Agreed. But neither of us make the rules in Thailand…

    • William

      Follow local laws when traveling. Simples.

      • Tread

        Or, you know, fuck fascist morality bullshit. I hope you don’t have sex with your boyfriend in those countries. You deserve prison if you do.

        • William

          Try doing the Hitler salute in front of the Reichstag, as a joke. You will be tackled by police and taken into custody. Deportation will happen a few days later.

          • Tread

            And there is Godwin’s law.

        • usorthem3

          They chose to go there and be disrespectful and you support that? Typical Trumper homocon.

          • Tread

            Wow, you are fucking deluded. Get bent, fuckface.

  • olandp

    You go to a foreign country, you have to follow their laws. Our rights as Americans are not portable, we cannot assert them in other countries. When will “the ugly American” finally realize that we don’t own the world?

  • motordog

    It’s times like this I seriously think I’m not the same species as most other humans…why do ‘they’ continually do stupid things and then FILM themselves doing it and put it out there for everyone to see?! I’d think a CHILD would know you shouldn’t ‘get caught’. At least wait to put up the pics until you’re safely away from the scene of the crime! Feh…’humans’, right?

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  • stuckinthewoods

    Looking into this dumb act I find this isn’t peculiar to this couple. It is an instagram “trend.” Whonooo?
    http://pop.inquirer.net/2017/04/exposing-your-butt-instagram-trend/

    • kareemachan

      And a stupid one at that. I can see one of them walking into a job interview and the interviewer saying, “Well, I see you’re known for mooning things. Please tell me how that would help you in this position….”

  • Jay Mills

    Someone please call Nikki. I’m sure she’ll get right on it. As for these two geniuses, the world is not all about them, despite their 14,000 Instagram followers.

    • AdamTh

      Rexxon might look into this. He has shown some signs of support for the LGBT community. And he has a ton of free time on his hands, since Special Agent Jared is supposedly handling the Mid-East peace negotiations….

      • William

        There isn’t anyone in the State Department who knows how to work the phones.

        • AdamTh

          Yeah, the State Dept is now a sad shell of a once great institution…

  • justmeeeee

    Proud Americans!

  • TampaZeke

    Even though this was stupid, senseless, offensive and culturally insensitive, the Buddha wouldn’t have given two shits about it. The issue is the offense to the people and culture of Thailand, the most magical place on earth!

  • Kevin Andrews

    More Americans showing their asses. Isn’t it bad enough we have an absolute asshole in the Oval Office of Goldman-Sachs?

  • Stubenville

    I recall visiting the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok (the most holy site in Thailand) circa 1997. At the entrance I was politely told I had to roll down my sleeves (in one hundred degree heat no less), so I quickly complied and apologized. The Thai government may throw the book at these two for this foolish stunt!

  • KK

    Dumb idiots! Stay off social media and post the pic after you leave the country!

    What would have been more appropriate would be a yearlong community service for them to teach incoming travelers to learn from their mistakes… in Thailand.

  • Natty Enquirer

    This will be a painful lesson in humility. How many “likes” does it take to make bail?

  • Phil in Colorado

    I used to love the comment section on here and still enjoy it for some articles, but the level of judgement on here is pretty extreme. ‘Ugly Americans’ can be found everywhere I guess….

    • usorthem3

      So you support these two mooners? Sad I have to live in the same state as you.

      • Phil in Colorado

        Colorado is ranked in the top 10 of states with the most land mass. I think you can deal with living in the same state as I do. Or not… Oh well…

        • usorthem3

          It’s just your Trump mentality pollutes the air.

        • usorthem3

          But your stink ruins the air here, Trumpers fart out their mouths.

  • Jmdintpa

    from the sounds of it they go all over the world doing this? seems like they must really think its cute to disrespect other cultures like this. maybe trump can help them. its kind of hard for me to have any sympathy at all

    • William

      Respect local culture, follow local laws.

    • canoebum

      I think 30-60 days in a Thai jail, followed by a swift trip to the airport, will be sufficient to send the message needed. Tourists should not need to be reminded of being respectful while abroad, but there is always a knucklehead or two in every crowd.

      • AdamTh

        In Thailand, they may be “caned”. Very brutal and usually leaves permanent scars. Typically that involves several lashes, using a rattan cane, to exposed areas of the body.

        In this case, that might be their butts…

        • Jmdintpa

          lol…… lets see that one go viral

  • William

    I must confess: In July 1984, I mooned East German border guards, while standing illegally on East German soil.

    • motordog

      Pics or it didn’t happen! Oh great, now I’m simply adding to the problem!

      • William

        Visit the Stasi archive in Berlin. They are in there somewhere.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Ahhh, but that wasn’t disrespect, that was a valiant volley for the cause of freedom.

      • William

        Buns for Victory!

  • Cackalaquiano

    This is remarkably obnoxious. Americans already have a terrible image abroad. Tourists need to be respectful of the cultures they’re visiting and remember that the world doesn’t revolve around them.

  • canoebum

    I am reminded of the gay couple who got arrested for fucking on the balcony of their cruise ship cabin in the Caribbean a few years ago…while it was docked in port. This stunt was just as stupid. I’d say their 15 minutes of fame is just about up.

    • gaycuckhubby

      I thought of that story too

  • Paul

    Last weekend I learned a new word: solipsism.

    I had to look it up:

    noun
    1.
    Philosophy. the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
    2.
    extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one’s feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.

    I think it describes perfectly these two jerks (and a whole lot of other people).

    i just returned from Thailand. In the 24 years since my previous visit things have changed so much. It’s grown tremendously, and continues to grow. However, some things are still sacred and shouldn’t be taken lightly. I was at Wat Arun and they are very specific about covering up. No way could these morons have thought their behavior was going to be condoned. It’s not my place as a foreigner to question their laws and customs.

    As an American (especially in the age of Trump) I am always aware that my actions can reflect well or poorly on my country. Most people you meet in foreign countries will never have the opportunity to visit the US and we are all that many of them will know when it comes to Americans.

    The DaSilva’s behavior is shameful to all Americans, and especially gay Americans.

    • Pip

      I had the same thoughts about why they thought this would be okay. I know it’s been a while since I was there, but I recall pamphlets and temple workers that would walk around to ensure folks were aware of proper behaviors.

  • Amanda B. Rekendwith

    …known as Traveling Butts on Instagram

    I’m guessing “Entitled Ignorant Assholes” was taken??

  • AdamTh

    Wonder what happened to their photographer?

  • kladinvt

    Another version of the “ugly American”.

    • samcollins

      That was exactly what I thought

  • Duh-David

    I hope they thank DJT profusely enough when he single-handedly gets them released from douchey dude jail. Oh wait they’re gay. But wait they’re white, but wait…???

  • Paula

    Very inappropriate! Adolescent behavior from adults. What’s the difference between the repubs and them? As much as I detest x-tiamity, I would never act like that. Last March, I had occasion to visit Norte Dame in Paris. The building, the history, and the architecture were almost overwhelming. It was a beautiful place. I even dropped €20 in the donation box.
    Buildings aren’t evil, people are. Respect the other country’s culture. You are a guest!

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      ^^^THIS^^^

  • gaycuckhubby

    Yes. It was stupid and childish and entitled. But I really hope they don’t do time in jail, and I assume that the state department will make some kind of effort to keep them out of jail. BTW I would feel the same way if it was a straight couple and mooning the camera or woman flashing her breast. It’s insensitive but I hope not punishable by jail time

    • MBear

      Str8 people doing the same or similar are usually not arrested

      • TexasBoy

        Do straight people regularly moon religious shrines in Thailand?

        • Tread

          They weren’t mooning the temple. That’s a fucking ridiculous take on this. What they did is tasteless, but in no way should they be condemned to years in prison. Only a shitty, evil person would wish that on someone who committed such an innocuous act.

          • usorthem3

            I hope they get 5yrs for being fucking pieces of SHIT and disrespecting a country they CHOSE to visit. USA law is NOT worldwide.

          • Tread

            Oh, so you ARE a troll. Buh bye now.

          • RoFaWh

            The Thai nation begs to differ from you.

            After all, it’s their temple, not Trump’s.

          • TexasBoy

            Your definition of innocuous differs from Thailand’s definition. And since it is their country, it is their definition that matters.

        • MBear

          It doesnt get worldwide press, so how do we know

      • gaycuckhubby

        I think in a similar situation here they probably would have been.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Actually, in Thailand, they’d be nailed for it as well.

      • usorthem3

        Bull shit. Your opinion, not fact.

      • Pip

        Incorrect, they’d be in just as much trouble. Thailand is a very accepting country for gays.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      As someone who travels the world extensively, I can’t feel any sympathy for them…none. Here’s why, they obviously travel a lot and as such they can’t feign being ignorant of the first rule of international travel: know your destination. Whether it’s Thailand, NZ, Colombia or Canada, it’s incumbent upon you to know the laws & customs of the country. While I understand your concern, I can’t help but be a little pissed off with tourists who pull this shit and then suddenly find themselves in trouble. Have fun yes, but for fake christ’s sake, have some degree of common sense. Sorry if I’m being a bit pissy, it’s just this shit really bugs me. Remember the morons on the cruise ship who were seen fucking on their balcony? How did anyone think that was ok?

      P.S. I’m well aware that common sense is never common.

      • RoFaWh

        This situation reminds me of that stupid gal who took a selfie from a dangerous position at the Grand Canyon — and then fell into the canyon.

        Ditto the fools in Yosemite who mess around in the Merced River just upstream from the lip of Bridal Veil Fall, 617′ high, after ignoring signs reading “if you cross this fence, you will die.”

        What is it with selfies? Have those people never been photographed before?

      • CB

        I agree, JM. Whenever I go to a new country, I try to discover customs and practices. And abide by them. I’ve made
        many friends this way and avoided potential embarrassment or unintentional offense. It’s just good citizenship.

    • usorthem3

      I hope they get 5 yrs.

  • ErikDC

    This is your brain.

    This is your brain on social media.

    Any questions?

    • CB

      Awesome response!

  • seant426

    Well, Instagram took down their account.

  • Robert Conner

    Yeah, by all means go to a foreign country and show your ass.

  • kevin000

    I’m looking forward to their “Prison Butts” series.

  • Jeffrey

    I follow them on Instagram. Usually an ass shot followed with a nice story about coming out or something. Supposed to be a freedom kind of thing, but this was definitely a major mistake. Don’t expect a lot of help from Trump on this one.

  • 1980Gardener

    While I have no idea how the “crime” fits the proposed punishment, it goes to show that such risque behavior is simply not acceptable in more prudish cultures (and is in fact becoming less acceptable in the US as well)

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Clearly, you’ve never been to Thailand. Thailand is hardly prudish….and tell me, when exactly did it becoming prudish to ask that people show a modicum of respect? I’m all for clothing optional beaches, bars, etc., but mooning at a Temple? Come on. You’re being disingenuous.

      • 1980Gardener

        Can you describe the “harm” that occurred?

        • RoFaWh

          “Disrespect”

          • 1980Gardener

            Do you think that should result in jail time?

          • usorthem3

            So if a visitor to the US stuck their dick in Lincoln’s mouth and took a picture to post it do you find that disrespectful or is that OK behavior?

          • 1980Gardener

            Disrespectful.

            But that is not the issue here – the issue is whether disrespect should be criminal and result in jail time. Two very different questions.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          That you even feel the need to ask that question speaks to your ignorance. Begone child, adults are having a conversation…back to the frat house with you.

          • 1980Gardener

            so i guess that is a “no”

    • usorthem3

      Uploading porn is against Thailand’s laws and they agree to abide by those laws when they entered the country.

      • 1980Gardener

        yes, i know. what is your point?

        • stevenj

          It’s a troll.

    • Friday

      It’s not that it’s ‘risque,’ it’s that it’s tremendously disrespectful, if not inflammatory, and frankly, no way to thank anyone for hospitality.

      • 1980Gardener

        Agreed, but my issue is with it being criminal.

  • Harveyrabbit

    I’ve spent some wonderful time in Thailand. Nicest people I’ve ever met anywhere. They are so friendly, kind, respectful and softspoken the thought of anyone so egregiously insulting something they, as a people, hold dear like the sanctity of a temple really makes me angry.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      True that. The Thai people and their culture are quite welcoming and tolerant. To be so disrespectful is just inappropriate.

  • Ninja0980

    Put it bluntly, you want to be stupid in a foreign country, you better be willing to pay the price.

  • Dayglo

    I really don’t care about vapid, thirsty dudes who exist on Instagram. Let their friends and family deal with it. The world’s on fire and we need to pick our battles.

    • Phil in Colorado

      The world is always on fire. If people stop caring no one is going to give a damn when it’s time for your battle…

    • Phil in Colorado

      Next time, maybe reply to my comment instead of going back and editing yours to make it sound like something different….

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I’m sorry, but when you’re in a different country and dealing with a different culture, it’s wise not to be complete, pardon the expression, assholes.

  • ElenorRigby

    Well… I mean, they did want to be internet famous, I guess. They got their wish.

  • usorthem3

    I hope they get 5 yrs.

    • RoFaWh

      With the asses cut out of their prison garb!

    • Pip

      It’ll probably be much longer than that.

  • Elsewhere1010

    I admit I just don’t get these two, but then again I have my own wardrobe fetishes when I travel. No sneakers, no jeans, no shorts, and no t-shirts (unless it goes under a collared shirt).

    And I really don’t give a shit what anyone else wears, they’re fine; but if I’m visiting a country’s Important Historical Monument or Revered Institution I feel I’m showing respect by dressing up a bit. Slacks, black walking shoes, collared shirt, sport coat (mainly for the pockets, I hate carrying a backpack). I even carry a bow tie, not pre-tied, in case the occasion warrants.

    And if I’m in Rome, no matter what I’m wearing, I always feel underdressed.

  • RoFaWh

    Ugly Americans. Anybody with even a little common sense knows that Thailand doesn’t fool around.

    Idiots.

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  • CB

    Fame whores face consequences of their actions. #nosympathy.

  • First of all, Thailand’s Buddhist culture is very gay tolerant, homosexuality was made formally legal in 1956. Second ,.Thailand is still in a deep state of mourning for the recent public cremation and funeral of the past king. Bangkok Pride was set to take place this week but was cancelled this year out of respect — statement from the organization — “We, at OUT BKK are deeply saddened by the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Therefore, out of respect of the national one year mourning period, and our love for the beloved late KING, we will be postponing Bangkok Pride to 2018”. Now, what sort of moronic American moons a religious symbol in such a highly charged environment?

  • margaretpoa

    Come on guys. We already have a national embarrassment. His name is Trump.

  • Pip

    This was just incredibly stupid on their part. They’ll have a while to think about it, I’ve heard of sentences up to 15 years for lewd behavior in a place of worship.

    When I stayed in Thailand I loved how laid back everyone was there. There was a very live and let live attitude towards a lot there. There are things you just don’t do though. Stay away from drugs, associating with or doing drugs can result in life sentences. Don’t disrespect the King. No jail time usually unless you do something stupid towards the royal family, but you’ll receive a hell of a cold shoulder from the locals. And definitely do NOT do or wear anything lewd in the Buddhist temples. I watched several western women get turned away from temples due to what they were wearing. (A more little known thing is do not touch the monks if you’re a woman. The more stricter of the followings will not even allow the monks to touch the same thing as a woman, in order to hand them something a woman would need to either place it in a container the monk is holding or set it down for them to pick up.)

  • EDinMCO

    So stupid, on every level.

  • Squicky

    Definitely the wrong move to make. You don’t have to respect a culture, but sometimes you need to act *AS IF* you respect it to protect yourself. I don’t think the punishment fits the crime, though; it’s fucked up to lock someone away for over a decade when they didn’t cause physical harm to a living thing. 6 months? I’m ok with that. 15 years? Pathologically pious.

  • Porkie

    Sympathy…..limited.

  • BeaverTales

    Religious people take religion seriously?…I’m shocked! shocked!

  • fuzzybits

    No sympathy for these two butts. Another example of ugly Americans going to someone else’s country and disrespecting them.

  • JAKvirginia

    For some of the commenters here… the people of a country you visit decide what is valuable and worthy of respect in their country. Either you respect their country, its traditions, values and laws or you don’t visit. It is no more complicated than that.

  • No sympathy. A butt shot in a forest or private home might be one thing, but traveling to a foreign country and dissing a whole religion? Showing your ass in a temple? #Idiots

  • Richard

    What? We’re supposed to feel sorry for them?

  • Todd Allis

    Don’t they watch The Orville? Don’t be LaMarr with the statue. https://youtu.be/jHuy4hswDTE

  • Nowhereman

    Maybe they should have read up on Thailand and the laws there. Or maybe they should just act with some civility and respect when they are out in public.

  • James

    On the one hand, they should’ve had the sense to read up on Thai laws. On the other, the idea of a “long jail term” for this is far more offensive than the photo.

  • Tim Patterson

    You know I get the whole idea of knowing the culture of where you’re going but this is even more ridiculous than that. If you have to go around pulling your pants down to show your butt, your stupid. People who follow them to see thier butts in different places are stupid. Let’s grow up people.

  • trouble94114

    I’m sure that their parents are very proud of them. Personally, I’m a bit appalled by their lack of respect for their hosts, the people of Thailand, but I’m old fashioned.

  • JCF
  • marqanderson

    A good old fashioned public caning may be in order and then kicked out of the country.

  • JoshuaSamuels

    I’m so tired of Americans who think they’re the center of the universe, and who think that the U.S.A. owns the planet. If you’re unable to practice a little self-control, then STAY HOME.

  • Nick

    Idiots. Stupid American idiots. Welcome to the era of Trump. Sad that go people can be so ….oblivious. It’s not like the Thai people don’t make it very clear what there customs are and how important certain things in their culture are. Given the recent completion of the year of mourning and burial of the late King this is a very sensitive issue – of and did you know that Thailand is currently a military dictatorship? I think most Asian countries are insensitively harsh in their punishments of what we in the west would consider minor offenses, but still part of me just thinks maybe they deserve it. Then again will stupid American ever stops being stupid? Probably not.

  • JohnInCA

    Idiots. American permissiveness in Freedom of Expression is pretty unique in the world, and actions that here would be ignored can be criminal elsewhere.

  • Paula Key

    Visitors to temples in Thailand are expected to dress modestly and at some sites people are not allowed to wear shorts or shirts that don’t cover their shoulders.Police are also considering charging the men under Thailand’s computer crimes act as the image was posted online, Bangkok Yai district police station’s deputy chief Wisit Suwan said.

    The controversial law is often used against political activists to stifle free speech online or against those accused of insulting Thailand’s monarchy.

    It carries punishments of up to five years in prison.

  • Ogre Magi

    I have no interest in Buddha and no desire to got to Thailand, but I have zero sympathy for those 2 jackasses

  • Paolo Paris Panyanouvong

    1) Making gay people/community look bad.
    2) Disrespecting other cultures.
    3) Being stupid.
    4) People who create their own drama deserve their own karma.

  • Right in the middle of the year of mourning for the late King, they’re lucky to have been released so soon, the stupid fucking idiots.