Pork cost too much? Let’em eat (pricier) fake meat: Thai actor

Photos: @naphat_nine / Instagram
Photos: @naphat_nine / Instagram

Pork too costly? Worry not and instead eat plant-based products, said one mainstream actor. The problem was that they cost much more, and the actor is a paid shill for the massive conglomerate which makes them.

Naphat Siangsomboon was reeling from the backlash today to the message he posted on social media along with a selfie beside a soy chicken nugget made by Meat Zero, a label belonging to Thai-Chinese maker-of-all things CP.

“While pork prices are rising, let’s try this plant-based meat instead. It’s delicious, healthy and fuss-free,” he wrote on his Facebook last night. “Plant-based chicken nuggets, crispy pork and ground pork offer high protein. You can make many recipes such as pad krapao, clear soup, and stuffed omelet.”

The 25-year-old actor has appeared in numerous television series and films, but is most recognized for his commercials. He is a paid presenter for Meat Zero, which sells 200 grams of meat alternative protein for THB79 at retail, almost twice pork’s current inflated price due to a shortage.

“Pork is THB200 per kilogram while this plant-based pork is THB70 per 200 grams. Ughhhhh. That’s embarrassing,” @Wanwia1999 tweeted.

Naphat’s original post has been deleted after it received overwhelming criticism. A post on Instagram still exists but free comment has been disabled.

“You suggest we eat something more expensive than pork, for what?” someone wrote on Facebook.

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