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Of course what Helen says is true.
Posted by Tbs on September 24, 2013 08:21
Pass it on to Riri please, tbs.
You could always post it to her Publicist, her facebook page. You are the Media - you are making this a media frenzy (for the better) so I think its time to use media and contact these people. You could start with Facebook and Twitter and go from there.
Posted by Tbs on September 24, 2013 09:33
You misunderstand the role of the media, Tbs.We observe, report, and analyse. We are not the modern day equivalent of a postal service. All the things you suggest we should do are things you should do, if you feel strongly about the issue.
A valiant effort by Helen and one that puts the ball in the court of Rihanna.
Posted by ThaiMike on September 24, 2013 10:44
I would have thought Rihanna's media exposure could be used to the advantage of those organisations trying to prevent animal exploitation, there is or was the potential for some world wide exposure, maybe just another missed opportunity or personal point scoring?
Posted by coxo on September 24, 2013 11:03
Why should rihanna the illuminati princess care?
Posted by pshy on September 24, 2013 11:16
Rihanna might or might not genuinely care but she has the public following to make a real impact. A professionally written letter by Helen that repeats better what some of us have tried with our limited knowledge or resources to say for a long time.
Posted by Logic on September 24, 2013 12:28
Rihanna is just 1 over hundreds each year take pictures with this poor animal. Thailand should take this opportunity for handing over heavy fines to perpetrators, not for lambasting her. But nothing will change because, when caught, the perpetrator's cry is likely to soften police hearth which will set him free according to 'we need to protect Thais from foreigners' (see Chief of marine division claims in Phuket)
Posted by Alex on September 24, 2013 13:08
@alex - you are bang on. There is no problem here - if the police and authorities did there jobs this wouldnt be an issue because every tout on Bangla road would be arrested and the animals confiscated from them. But no - instead they pre warn them they are going to do inspection and raids - no point blaming Rihanna. Thai authorities do your job and this wont be an issue - continue on the track you are and expect more bad publicity - the ball is in your court.
Posted by Ciaran on September 24, 2013 13:41
I hope Rihanna will have the patience to read the letter up to the end!
Posted by william on September 24, 2013 18:43
One sad reflection is that once rescued, these poor animals cannot be returned to the wild if their teeth have been pulled (as reported). They will need a permanent sanctuary & some TLC for the remainder of their days.
Posted by Logic on September 24, 2013 20:19
This is a really nice letter and I hope Rihanna will respond.
Posted by Fabien on September 24, 2013 22:14
Posted by christian on September 24, 2013 22:34
This letter has been sent to Rihanna through every medium I've been able to find; via her website, via her record labels website and via their relevant pages on facebook and twitter. Maybe she'll respond to it and maybe she won't, but if it helps to raise some awareness about this problem along the way then it will at least have done something. If you support this cause please consider sharing it, or even better tweet it to Riri.
Posted by Helen on September 25, 2013 01:45
Phuketwan may "observe, report, and analyse" but may also inquire of Rihanna or her publicists if they have any comment on Helen Thompson's open letter. If she, or her people have no comment, so be it, but let us know. I think that is within your mandate to report the news, or as you put it "the role of the media".
Posted by Greg on September 25, 2013 02:07
Rihanna's holiday is a good example of how 21st-century celebrities have developed their own methods of dealing with the media in their own way, Greg. As Helen has said, she has tried every method she knows to get her open letter to Rihanna. Phuketwan, the BBC, the New York Times doesn't have any special access. Social media has changed the way celebrities relate to their fans.
Posted by Helen on September 25, 2013 02:13
Thank you, Helen Thompson for the work you do.
Posted by Susanne Tuohioja on September 28, 2013 14:44
Who the heck is Riri?
Posted by Buster on September 28, 2013 18:55
Bad Girl RiRi is Rihanna's social network user name.
A page now exists for this campaign, please support us and get Rihanna to take responsibility for her actions
Posted by Helen on October 15, 2013 18:11
@Helen, if you are so interested in protecting the lorises, why don't you go down in Bangla and inform tourist about it and disturb the people selling services instead ? The Facebook initiative won't change a thing.
Posted by Sailor on October 15, 2013 19:46
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