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San Diego woman receives death threats over outfit

Posted at 11:31 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 09:27:12-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A San Diego woman never thought an outfit would make her famous, much less infamous.

It all started when Rosalynn Carmen went to a memorial event in Los Angeles two weeks ago to commemorate the death anniversary of the late king of Thailand.

Carmen said she was surprised when the guards and some of the guests started giving her a hard time about her outfit.

"All the security guards came in and said, 'You're not dressed properly,'" Carmen said, "And I said, 'What's wrong with what I'm wearing?' He called all the people. They swarmed all over me; one woman wanted to peel my clothes off, and some people called me names."

Carmen said it had to do with her dressing having some red, adding, "A lady said, 'She must be hired by the red people.'"

According to Carmen, the issue has to do with politics in Thailand -- red is the color of the people opposed to the government and king.

Video of the confrontation was posted online, but Carmen claims it is edited and sensationalized to make her look bad. She said she respects the king, having grown up under his reign in Thailand. She added that she flew back to Thailand for the king's funeral last year.

Carmen said she'd worn her outfit to funerals and award ceremonies, but she told 10News she did not wear it to the memorial service to disrespect anyone or make any political statement.

"I am American; whatever is in Thailand is in Thailand," she said. "That's an issue for them to solve for themselves."

Carmen also pointed out her dress, which is almost all black except for floral accents that have the colors red and yellow. Yellow is the color of the government in Thailand.

"Maybe in my subconscious, I'd like to see the yellow and red living together peacefully, but it's not to stir anything at all," she said.