Kim jong un crackdown on pop fans in the DPRK.
The covert anti-K-pop campaign was exposed through internal documents smuggled out of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by Seoul-based news source Daily NK, The New York Times first reported on Friday. These were then made public by South Korean lawmakers.
Recently relieved DPRK despot called southern cultural imports “vicious cancer” North Korean The “outfits, hairstyles, speeches, behaviors” of the young people to the dance of the movie “Footloose” from the 80s – but with a much darker bent.
In an apparent attempt to launch her own brand of cancellation culture, Kim introduced new laws in December stating that anyone caught watching or owning South Korean content could be sentenced to up to 15 years of forced labor. The previous maximum sentence for fans of popular acts such as BTS was five years.
If that weren’t hard enough, K-pop smugglers could even be executed while those caught singing, speaking or writing in a “South Korean style” could be sentenced to two years in one. labor camp, according to contraband documents.
South Korean entertainment has long been smuggled across the DPRK border, initially as cassettes and eventually as USB sticks from China. However, the “Hermit Kingdom“Honcho has stepped up anti-capitalist rhetoric in recent months as he sees his nation become increasingly sensitive to southern cultural styles, the Daily Mail reported.
Meanwhile, in February, Kim – whose family has ruled the country for three generations – ordered provinces, cities and counties across the country to quell growing capitalist influence.
North Korean state media even warned that the popular musical genre could “crumble the nation like a wet wall” if something is not done.
Indeed, the ban on K-pop comes at a terrible time for the rogue diet, whose COVID-19 lockdown has further crippled an economy rocked by decades of mismanagement and US-led sanctions against Kim’s nuclear weapons program.
In the heat of the moment, experts say, young North Koreans are more likely to adopt foreign customs and challenge Kim’s authority.
“AT Kim jong un, the cultural invasion of South Korea has exceeded a tolerable level, ”said Jiro Ishimaru, editor-in-chief of Asia International Press, a Japanese site that deals with North Korea. “If this goes unchecked, he fears that his people will start to see the South as an alternative Korea to replace the North.”
North Korean Millennials who grew up during the famine of the 1990s are particularly disappointed with the state, which has long pushed the idea that South Korea was a beggar-infested hell. Watching counterfeit Korean content, they learned that while they were starving, their southern brothers were trying to lose weight by dieting.
The problem isn’t just listening to K-pop. Lately, Korean slang has started creeping into everyday conversation, with North Korean women increasingly call their boyfriends “oppa” – a term for “honey” popularized by South Korean dramas – rather than the state-mandated “comrade”.
In order to eradicate the “evil” phenomenon, state officials were ordered to search computers, text messages and notebooks for the South Korean vernacular, while people caught imitating ” the “puppet accent” could be banned from cities, according to top secret newspapers.
However, it might be too late to curb the trend. A South Korean study of 116 recent defectors found that nearly half of them had “frequently” enjoyed Southern content while residing in the DPRK, The New York Times reported.
This is not the first time Kim has attacked so-called anti-socialist tendencies.
Last April, the mushroom-haired dictator notoriously banned mules and skinny jeans in an attempt to cut short “decadent” Western fashion trends.