Ergonomic beachwear or fashion faux pas? Amidst turmoil and threat of being removed, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra finds time to declare a ban on wearing speedos at the beach. The revealing swimsuit also known as the mankini, grape smuggler, and banana hammock cannot be worn at any of Thailand’s beaches beginning 2014. Violators will be asked to leave the beach and issued a fine of 500 baht.  When asked why she is so hell bent on getting rid of the speedo Prime Minister Shinawatra said, “I feel that you have the right to enjoy the beach without throwing up in your mouth a little bit.”

Most Thais have reacted favorably to the ban but Thailand’s most notorious tourists and unofficial speedo aficionados appear to be extremely upset. Shown below walking along Thailand’s popular Ao Nang Beach, Vladimir Dochenko had much to say.                                                                                                                                                 .

“I don’t see what the problem is. Russian man built like ox and this suit keeps me aerodynamic at the beach. Besides, the ladies love it when Russian man wear speedo. We cannot wear them back home because it is much too cold but here the weather is perfect for showing off our superior build. Thai men are just jealous they do not look as good as us in this type of swim suit.”

Vladimir also went on to say he’ll stop coming to Thailand if he’s ever fined and the ruble is the backbone of the Thai economy. Banning speedos would do more harm than good.

Proponents (mostly Russians) of the odious article of clothing feel they are being singled out and Shinawatra has an unexplainable vendetta. Perhaps there is a sinister undertone with the ban? One thing is for sure though, these shameless men from a strange land with a dark past where their power rested on the symbolism of the ominous hammer and sickle will have to yet again change their ways. The mankini is today’s Berlin wall and tomorrow’s new dawn may bring forth a new era of attire at the beach. You be the judge…