Earlier this year a photo of a gay couple holding hands on a train went viral when it was posted to a website called BV patrol. The image was supposedly posted as a message of acceptance, with a caption that reads, "Support for them! Bitter people not allowed," in English. But the responses were full of very critical, racist and homophobic responses to seeing a Thai man with a white guy who is closer to Western standards of attractiveness. Bitter people were allowed.
It was definitely a shock for the couple, Thorsten Middelhof and Naparuj Mond Kaendi, who were photographed without their consent and don't consider themselves public figures by any means. Kaendi works as the creative director of a modeling agency, so the Internet was like, "Aha! You have a handsome boyfriend because he can get something from you: A CAREER!" They're wrong. Middelhof is an engineer and a man who is truly in love. The couple has faced a lot of scrutiny they didn't sign up for, and they have tried to speak out about it as much as they can, for example this post to Kaendi's Instagram:
Victims of The Invasion of Privacy I've been thinking about posting this picture for awhile (and still not feeling so sure about it) Thorsten and I are just normal people who only want to have normal lives. We always respect other people while in public..we never kiss...never be in each other's arms...and hardly hold hands. But apparently every time we get close while going out, people look at us, judge us that we are not deserving each other. shooting the negativity right at us. Taking the bullets hurts.. Y'all should try.
I'm not a famous actor nor a public person who knows how to handle criticism... I'm just ME. We're just another average couple working hard to get to be together.
Thank you for all the support.
And now they have the truly perfect response to all the people who thought their love was B.S. They got married on October 31st: