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This Thai Activist Rapper Ate Mango Sticky Rice During Her Coachella Performance And It Was Iconic

Thai rapper MILLI has become a viral sensation after eating mango sticky rice during her debut at the Coachella music festival in California.

19-year-old Danupha Khanatheerakul, known by her stage name MILLI, also made history on Sunday April 17 as the first Thai solo artist to ever perform at Coachella.

During her set, MILLI performed a mashup of her songs Mirror Mirror and Sud Pang, where she debunked stereotypes about Thailand, singing “I don’t ride an elephant.”

As her last song came to an end, the rapper, who is also known for her activism, grabbed a bowl of mango sticky rice and starts eating it on stage.

Mango sticky rice is one of Thailand’s most famous desserts and consists of glutinous rice, mango and coconut milk.

“Who wants mango and rice that is sticky?” MILLI shouted as she exited the stage with the bowl in hand.

Her one of a kind performance prompted people to share pictures of the delicious dish, leading the hashtag #MangoStickyRice, to trend on Twitter.

Demand for dessert has since skyrocketed on food delivery apps in Thailand, according to the Guardian.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha also expressed interest in making the dessert part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Listing at a press conference on Monday following MILLI’s performance.

Last year, the 19-year-old became the first Thai celebrity to be fined for criticizing the government on social media.

She was ordered to pay 2,000 baht (US$59) for “public insult” after she criticized the government’s COVID response. 

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