Thursday, July 11, 2013
Amusing Thai brand names
Doing the weekly shop back in Blighty is generally regarded as a bit of chore. The thought of trudging around the supermarket aisles, full of miserable, grumbling, sour-faced punters, having to queue up for an eternity and being hit with a 3-figure bill upon reaching the checkout, is enough to bring you out in a cold sweat!!!.
However, a trip to Tesco in the Land of Smiles is a whole different ball game........the shelves are positively groaning under the weight of hilariously named products.
Thailand is a country where political correctness is virtually non-existent. It is not unusual for a Thai person, upon meeting a friend, to say something derogatory. Examples I have heard whilst meeting Thai friends include; "Hello, you're much fatter since I last saw you" or "Good morning, your skin is looking very black".
It is this lack of political correctness that leads to products like this being deemed acceptable for sale.........
I believe darkie toothpaste was originally manufactured in China and was widely available throughout Southeast Asia. However, in the mid-nineties the brand was acquired by Colgate and Darkie became Darlie. The box now features a racially ambiguous character which I imagine won't cause any red-faces around Colgate's boardroom table!!!
How about a delicious Collon biscuit with your cuppa.......
Cream Collon......it sounds like the name of a low-budget Asian porn movie. I can just picture the unfortunate Thai starlet screeching ...."Hey Mister why you no tell me you put cream in my collon".
You'll be delighted to know that there is also a chocolate flavoured collon. But we won't go there, for fear of unleashing all manner of school boy mirth!!!! I can still remember those playground chants....."Milk, milk, lemonade, around the corner chocolate's made".
Although not strictly a Thai product (they are produced by Glico, a Japanese based company) they are available throughout Thailand and you can't enter a 7-11 or Family Mart without seeing them on the shelves.
But the crowning glory has to be the Black Man cleaning products.....
I'm just waiting for Mammy to jump out from behind the Corn Flakes to offer me a plate of fried chicken and grits!!!!