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Woman Gets Death Threats For 'Disrespecting Thailand' By Wearing Floral Dress

This October was the one-year anniversary of the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. On October 26, a cremation ceremony was held in Los Angeles, California to honor the royal. One woman showed up with a floral print on her outfit, and horrified people were calling for her to be killed.

Award-winning photographer, Rosalynn Carmen, went to the memorial event to accompany her mother. Initially, Carmen, who considers herself an American, thought about skipping the ceremony. She ultimately decided that she would go with her mother to honor her Thai heritage.

Carmen went to the ceremony in what most people in California would find acceptable. She was wearing a black dress with a long-sleeve black cardigan and black hat. The cardigan had a little splash of color, however, with red and yellow flowers embroidered on around the neckline, the bottom of the sleeves and the bottom of the jacket. Apparently, this little splash of color didn't go over well at the Thai ceremony.

When Carmen walked in, other visitors began shrieking. One woman shouted, "She's wearing red!"

The outfit stirred such an uproar that people began calling for Carmen's assassination. For good measure, they also called for her husband, Len Novarro, to be killed.

After the event, many attendees rushed to social media to rant about the audacity of the floral print garment. Carmen was called 'distasteful' and 'vile' for her choice of outfits.

"Some of the posts had pictures of Carmen with an 'X' over her face, next to images of guns. In videos posted on YouTube, some people made death threats," reported the San Diego Union Tribune.

The couple says that many of their relatives were sent harassing emails and were the victims of cruel posts on social media. It seems that they were guilty by association to Carmen, no matter how they were dressed, or even whether or not they showed up for the ceremony.

Carmen refused to apologize for her outfit. "This is my country ... This is America, (and) I didn't do anything wrong," she said.

"You feel so powerless ... That's the most frustrating thing. You can't do anything about it," said Navarro.

King Adulyadej was Thailand's longest reigning monarch, and one of the most respected. He was beloved by his people and around the world, and his cremation was supposed to be a solemn ceremony that showed the royal the respect he deserved.

"So to have someone come in who appeared to disrespect the event, and, as some saw it, disrespect the king — people aren't going to be happy about it," said Jennifer Ing-aram, vice president of the Thai Association of Southern California.

According to Ann Marie Murphy, an associate professor at Seton Hall University and Thai politics expert, the government is extremely polarized right now. This may have stirred some of the reactions.

"This has separated family and friends just as politics in our country has," she said.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Len Novaro, Rosalynn Carmen

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