ast Gaga visited Bangkok eight months ago tweeting “”I just landed in Bangkok baby! Ready for 50,000 screaming Thai monsters. I wanna get lost in a lady market and buy fake Rolex.” [50,000 Thai Baht equals roughly $1682 US Dollars]. The tweet caused considerable attention to the knock-off industry operating in Bangkok. According to the article, confusing Bangkok with Hong Kong’s Ladies’ Market was not the offensive part but rather the notion that Bangkok has fake watches readily for sale and is considered a tourist attraction. Even though the knock-off industry in Thailand is well known, the tweet and recognition by an American pop-star was considered offensive. Thousands chimed in on social median and the Intellectual Property Department made a formal complaint to the U.S. Embassy. Realizing the problem is not a U.S. problem but rather a Thai problem, local police made several arrests in the following weeks.
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