Saturday Night Live's Sex Tourism, Rosetta Stone Skit Offensive to Thailand Official

Bill Hader, Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam play creepy men looking to pay for intimacy on vacation

By Rebecca Macatee Feb 06, 2013 3:40 PMTags

Some people in Thailand are tired of the sexual stereotypes about their country.

A Saturday Night Live skit featuring men learning Thai for the purpose of sex tourism adventures is funny to some and offensive to others.

In the sketch, Taran Killam, Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan all portray creepy men learning suggestive phrases through Rosetta Stone. "I'm learning Thai so I can go to Thailand for…a thing," Hader says. Moynihan, covering his face in shame, also admits he's learning the language in the faux infomercial.

The skit suggests men can learn sayings like "How much? Is that for the whole night?" and "I need to speak with the American embassy." It also shows a man packing several condoms for his trek.

But Thailand's Culture Minister, Sonthaya Khunpluem, reportedly wants the skit to be pulled from YouTube. (There's only an unofficial version up now.) Per the New York Post, Khunpluem said, "The government will also inform the U.S. Embassy that the commercial spoof is tarnishing Thailand's image, and will ask the embassy to explain the situation to the producer of Saturday Night Live."

Watch a (somewhat wonky) version of the clip above and sound off in the comments: Is this sex tourism skit funny or offensive?

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