TV singer Thassapak “Bie” Chii and his actress wife, Sumontip “Gubgib” Chii, found themselves at the center of netizen hatred yesterday after Gubgib posted a picture of her husband, who is temporarily ordained, holding their daughter.
Gubgib wrote on her Instagram: “Came to pay respects to my monk, but have to put a wig on first! Don’t want people confusing the baby and the monk. Hahahahaha.”
After seeing this picture, many netizens discussed on whether or not it was appropriate for a monk to hold a little girl, since it is deemed to be a serious offense for a monk to be touched by a woman.
Gubgib carries her daughter. Photo: @Gggubgib36/Instagram
Many felt that it was inappropriate of them to do so, saying that there is a time and place for everything, but this wasn’t it.
Top comments on the Sanook article said, “I don’t want to judge anyone, but for someone as old as her and who is a mom to not know propriety — she has a problem.”
“He wanted to be ordained as a monk, but isn’t even trying to purify himself. So why is he wasting his time getting ordained then?”
However, a well-respected monk, Phramaha Paiwan, decided to give his two-cents on the matter, posting on his Facebook page:
“Since you asked, I’ll answer. Honestly, it is not that big of an offense. Even though it is seen as inappropriate, I still think that it is more heart-warming than wrong. A monk is holding his daughter with a heart full of love…”
“We should not just judge others on their outer actions, but think of their true intentions. A monk and a woman cannot touch each other, but it is only wrong if the monk has impure thoughts. This is an innocent child… We are sometimes so quick to judge others and making mountains out of molehills.”
Obviously, after he wrote that, netizens had a sudden change of heart and all turned to agree with the monk, chastising the rest who were against the celebrity couple to begin with.