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Thai Police Become YouTube Sensations

Thai Police Become YouTube Sensations

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Philadelphia Inquirer via YellowBrix

August 17, 2010

THAILAND – A group of dancing policemen has become the latest pop sensation in Thailand with a YouTube video that shows them shimmying and swinging their hips as they impersonate a popular South Korean boy band.

The video was posted August 5 and had more than 280,000 views today when major newspaper front pages declared it “a major hit” and one tabloid exclaimed: “Police set the dance floor on fire.”

“We never thought it would become this big,” said Lt. Col. Tanakorn Doltanakan, one of nine officers in the five-minute video spoof of “Sorry Sorry,” a considerably bigger hit by Korean boy band Super Junior. “It’s something we did just for fun.”

The policemen are part of the 4th Subdivision of Thailand’s Tourist Police, set up for non-Thai speaking tourists who need police help, in the northern city of Chiang Mai. Ahead of a tourism-related police seminar earlier this month, attendees were asked to prepare for a police talent show.

The 4th Subdivision, which went on to win the competition, sought inspiration from one of its more memorable assignments.


“We took care of Super Junior when they toured in Chiang Mai and saw how popular the group is,” Tanakorn said.

Super Junior is one of South Korea’s most famous boy bands, known for their boyishly polished looks and synchronized dance routines that have earned them heartthrob status across Asia. Their version of the video has been viewed more than 6.5 million times on YouTube.

After a short clip introducing the officers, the police switch their standard-issue brown uniforms for Miami Vice-style black suits, open-neck white shirts and dark sunglasses.

Slightly clumsy, not terribly fit but trying their determined best, the officers strut in hip-hop poses as they clap and gyrate and attempt to dance in synch to the song’s electronic beat.

The number was choreographed by the 14-year-old daughter of a sergeant in the unit and filmed by another officer’s nephew. They rehearsed for two to three hours before going in front of the camera.

Spliced into the dancing clips are scenes of the officers sitting at police stations and performing other official duties, doing sit-ups and practicing the dance number in jeans and T-shirts in front of a parked patrol car.

“We wouldn’t say we were particularly good, but everyone was really into it,” Tanakorn said.

More than 1,000 viewers have posted comments after the YouTube video, including “You’re so hot!” and encouraging the group to take their act on the road. Others questioned whether the police had nothing better to do: “You should use your time to catch the bad guys.”

Some admirers have dialed the Tourist Police hot line to compliment the dancing officers.

“Public reception has been great,” Tanakorn said. “People have told us they didn’t think the Tourist Police were this cute.”


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  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    that's neat

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    garryamin

    almost 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    These can be introducing many of the officers here the the police switch their standard-issue brown uniforms for Miami Vice-style black suits, open-neck white shirts and dark sunglasses.
    abendkleid

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    Chernmax

    almost 4 years ago

    212 Comments

    That's nothing, Check out the fun video's courtesy of the United States Navy :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqaWdkdFb3Y

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEkYqL9n7vo

  • 1979_max50

    Robocop33

    almost 4 years ago

    14618 Comments

    Fun. Glad to see that they are not so uptight about their profession that they cannot publicly show a fun side. Way to go Subdivision 4 Thai Police.

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    RANGER_ONE_TX

    almost 4 years ago

    4610 Comments

    officers with a great sense of humor and having fun, cool...

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    LAWMANTUKES

    almost 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    Cool..hahaha

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    MikeN336

    almost 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    Okay. So they can dance. But can they sing?

  • Police3_max50

    wasimtiger1

    almost 4 years ago

    274 Comments

    lol. still can't imagine POs dancing on cam

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    uncledennis1

    almost 4 years ago

    23296 Comments

    Pretty Kewl

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    luke3302

    almost 4 years ago

    928 Comments

    That was great.

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    Sheriff_1

    almost 4 years ago

    8024 Comments

    Nice touch

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    wildsoldier

    almost 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    Nice work guys, NOW GET BACK TO WORK LOL......

  • Sfa_iv_max50

    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Alright..LEO KOOL..

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    Dutch101

    almost 4 years ago

    1654 Comments

    Nice

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    Cat_D

    almost 4 years ago

    9610 Comments

    This is great !! Glad to see officers showing they have a great sense of humor !!!! I could just see some of our officers doing this dance. Sarge, you and mods could lead the way by posting a cover of this cover !!!! hahahaha

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