Vocabulary chart teaches children that dark skin is ‘ugly’

A illustration designed to teach Thai children English adjectives caused an uproar online last night for showing that dark skin is “ugly”.

The pig is fat, the bat is thin, and the giraffe is tall. There seems to be nothing wrong in this helpful poster titled “We are different,” at first until you scroll down to see the illustration of beauty in the Thai creators’ perception.



Thailand: What is wrong with this picture?Hmmm…

Posted by Michael Yon on Thursday, July 30, 2015


The word “handsome” is illustrated by a light-skinned cartoon character with a trendy K-pop inspired haircut, the look and complexion which is considered preferable in Thailand.

Meanwhile, “ugly” is portrayed by a dark-skinned character, seemingly of African descent, with diamonds earrings.

Seriously, can’t they just use a photo of a monster or a really hideous home decor?

The bottom of the poster suggests it was created by a Facebook page “Ideas and teaching materials for English lessons.” The page is no longer available.

The snapshot went viral last night after it was posted by American journalist Michael Yon, drawing hundreds of comments.


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