World traveling married couple Joseph Dasilva, 38, and Travis Dasilva think it’s’ cute and funny to take what they call “belfies,” as in “below-the-belt selfies” at historical, religious and cultural sites in other nations. They then post the disrespectful photos to Instagram. Above the witty pair is shown at Bangkok’s Wat Arun, or Temple of the Dawn, baring their asses. Unfortunately, such conduct is illegal in Thailand. The Dasilvas were arrested at the Bangkok airport, fined 5,000 baht ( about$154) each, and will be facing charges of public indecency.
Writes Professor Turley, quite correctly:
So these two travel the world showing utter contempt for historic and cultural sites, then when they get into trouble, the United States spends money and time to try to secure their release from their well-deserved arrests….It remains a mystery why anyone over the age of 4 would find this “Traveling Butts” theme to be funny. Yet, their account had more than 14,000 followers before it was deleted. I find that following far more unsettling than the fact that two adults would engage in this type of offensive conduct.
What do you want to bet that these two boors loudly condemn the President for projecting a poor image of the U.S. abroad?
I said that electing Trump would turn us into a nation of assholes, and I was right! Literally!
Turley’s mystery is easily solved: he needs to get out more. Read the comments on most political websites. Read what people write on social media. There are a lot more than 14,000 juvenile, sub-average IQ, boorish, uncivil creeps out there like the Dasilvas.
What I find unsettling, to use the professor’s term, is that so many American never absorbed the simplest, most obvious rule of etiquette: don’t misbehave and embarrass your family, nation and species when you are a guest.
Pointer: Amy Alkon