North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hit out at South Korean pop culture, describing it as vicious cancer and introducing more rigid punishments for those caught listening to K-pop or watching dramas from the South.
South Korean music, television shows and movies are enjoying unprecedented popularity around the world, including in totalitarian North Korea where cultural life is rigidly dictated by the state.
Entertainment from the South has long been smuggled across the border, first as VHS cassettes and CDs and now as flash drives from China, skirting censorship of media and the internet.
But Kim is attempting to stem the tide of the latest Korean wave, which state media has warned will cause North Korea to crumble like a damp wall if left unchecked.
The New York Times reported that state media has slammed the spread of anti-socialist influence, especially through South Korean films, K-dramas and K-pop music videos, on a near-daily basis in recent months.
The paper reported that Kim has ordered his government to clamp down on the cultural invasion, which he said was corrupting the attire, hairstyles, speeches and behaviours’ of North Korea’s youth.
In December, the Communist state brought a new law that could see anyone found watching or possessing South Korean entertainment sentenced to 15 years in a labour camp.
Those smuggling the content into North Korea could suffer even harsher punishments, including the death penalty.
The legislation also calls for people who talk, write or sing in South Korean style to face up to two years of hard labour.
A news outlet said that the moves by the secretive state came to light through Seoul lawmakers briefed by intelligence officials, and internal documents smuggled out of North Korea by the Seoul based Daily NK news website.
Despite a shared ethnicity and language, patterns of speech and accents in South Korea differ considerably from the North, but expressions picked up from K-dramas have started creeping in, with women in North Korea sometimes opting to call their boyfriends ‘oppa’, a term used in the South that’s comparable to ‘honey’ in this context, rather than the approved ‘comrade’.
Citing North Korean government documents smuggled out by Asia Press International, a Japan-based website monitoring North Korea, the paper said that computers, text messages and notebooks are being searched for South Korean content and vocabulary.
And it should make us question why on earth this narcissistic madman is still in power.
He’s just a little man with little thoughts, and perhaps he should be put in the labour camps so that he knows what it’s like because he’s an evil repugnant man, and he’s an absolute mutt because children should be allowed to be children so that they can enjoy their lives.
K-pop is just another section of the music genre – it’s nothing other than the Beatles, Taylor Swift or any other kind of music, and while it’s understood the Kim Jong-un believes that anything South Korean will undermine the North Korean way of life, music has always been one of the many ways to join people together, not hurt them.
At the end of the day, it’s not really about the music, it’s about dictatorship, and let’s not pretend it’s anything else, and Kim Jong-un is just a petulant fat boy that needs a slap on the posterior, and he’s the deep cancer that there appears to be no cure for.