BANGKOK • A K-pop superstar, beauty queens and TV personalities are among a growing wave of celebrities backing Thailand’s pro-democracy movement, sending out messages of support to millions of followers on social media.
Political statements are unusual from Thai celebs, whose lucrative endorsements rely on the billionaire clans that are a pillar of the country’s establishment. But some prominent figures broke cover after police fired water cannon at peaceful protesters in Bangkok last Friday.
Thai-American K-Pop idol Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul, better known as the “ Thai Prince ”, told his 6.9 million Twitter followers he cannot “stand idly by” after last Fri- day’s scenes, an escalation after months of student-led protests.
“The use of violence is something I cannot watch and stand idly by,” said Nichkhun, a member of ultra-popular South…