The Unbelievable Rise of Col. Sansern’s Popularity

Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd at work (Screenshot from CRES announcement, May 16)

Let’s make this short: there are many things that I cannot simply understand! This is one of them.

For some incomprehensible reason Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, military spokesperson and as seen on dozens of CRES TV announcements during the red shirt riots in earlier this year, has become a darling of the local Thai media.

It all begun late last month when The Nation ran a series of high-praising articles of him including this journalistic gem:

He’s been on primetime television every other day recently. He’s that guy in uniform who catches every woman’s eye. He makes viewers giggle despite the tension, and has a smile to melt the coldest heart. With his winning personality, he has to be a strong contender for Man of the Year award. (…)

However, since the red-shirt protests began in March, he has become a favourite across the whole country – and many women’s secret crush. Right now, he’s even beating big-screen heartthrob Theeradej “Ken” Wongpuapan in the popularity stakes.

As one of his avid supporters, I’ve joined every fan club for Sansern on Facebook, watched every video clip of him posted on YouTube and even looked up his profile through Google. And yes, when I met him, I was star-struck!
The chance to meet my hero came when a senior reporter I am shadowing at The Nation said she was going to interview the colonel. I begged to tag along.

Saluting the kingdom’s coolest colonel“, The Nation, May 30, 2010
Then there is this ‘interview’ including hard-hitting questions such as:

Why are you so admired for your role as CRES spokesman? / You got higher votes than popular actor Ken Thiradej in a recent poll. Why could that be? / Has Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva persuaded you to enter politics? / Has your wife teased you about your fan club? / Given the fan club and the popularity you have as CRES spokesman, do you think your job is successful? / What makes you good-humoured?

Taken from: “Staying cool under fire“, by Budsarakham Sinlapalavan & Nathapat Promkaew, The Nation, June 28, 2010

To top it off there is this exclusive video showing the contents of his bag. Notice the lady reporters reaction when he pulls something specific out…

But that is still not the end of his media tour de force. In the last days and weeks, Col. Sansern did appears on not one, not two, but three frigging high-gloss magazine covers (or cover stories)!

Seriously ladies, what is it with this guy and the sudden popularity? Is it because he appeared more often on TV than Abhisit did in recent times?  This is one of the stories that truly deserve the “WTF?!“-tag…

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8 thoughts on “The Unbelievable Rise of Col. Sansern’s Popularity

  1. I shared the same level incomprehension when I heard and saw young hi-so’s shopping during the protests – a complete disconnect with what’s actually happening in society – oblivious to everything except the latest brands, pop music, TV dramas and mindless contests, fashion and Facebook trends. They have opinions, but their opinions are so shallow and generally reflect the latest propaganda from the likes of Colonel Sansern.

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