Kim Jong-un is cracking down on DPRK-pop fans.
Among the growing cultural influence from South Korea The 37-year-old North Korean leader is imposing tougher penalties on citizens caught listening to “perverted” K-pop songs.
A secret anti-K-pop campaign has been revealed through internal documents smuggled from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by Seoul-based sources Daily NK. The New York Times first reported on Friday. South Korean legislators have made these publicly available.
The new slimming DPRK dictator has dubbed the import of southern culture a “malignant cancer” that has ravaged the “apparel, hairstyle, speech, behavior” of North Korean youth. Or the dancing goodbye to the ̵7;80s movie “Footloose” — but much darker.
in an apparent effort to launch its own cancellation culture brand. Kim passed the new law in December. It requires anyone caught watching or having content in South Korea could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for hard labor. The previous maximum penalty for fans of famous acts like BTS was five years.
If that’s not serious enough K-pop smugglers could be executed Those caught singing, speaking or writing in “South Korean style” could face two years in prison at a labor camp. According to smuggled documents
last May A citizen was killed by gunfire for peddling illegal South Korean music and other entertainment.
South Korean entertainment has long been smuggled across the DPRK border, initially as cassette tapes and eventually on flash drives from China. However, the “hermit empire” has increased its anti-capitalist rhetoric in the interim. how many months ago As he sees his country more susceptible to southern cultural patterns, the Daily Mail reports.
meanwhile In February, Kim — whose family has ruled the country for three generations — ordered the country’s provinces, cities and counties. Suppress the influence of rising capitalism.
North Korean official media have even warned that the popular genre of music could shake the nation. “Crash like a damp wall” if nothing else is done
In fact, the K-pop ban comes at a bad time for a rogue regime. The COVID-19 lockdown has wreaked havoc on the economy even worse with decades of mismanagement and US-led sanctions. to Kim’s nuclear weapons program
amidst the tumultuous chaos Experts say North Korean youths tend to adopt outside traditions and challenge Kim’s authority.
“For Kim Jong-un, cultural invasion from South Korea has exceeded acceptable levels,” said Jiro Ishimaru, editor-in-chief of Asia Press International. Said Japanese website reporting on North Korea. “If not checked He is afraid his people might start considering South Korea as an alternative to North Korea.”
North Korean millennials, who grew up during the famine of the 1990s, are particularly disillusioned with the state. which has pushed back on the idea that South Korea is a long-standing beggar hell. when watching pirated Korean content They learned that while they starved to death Their southern brothers tried to lose weight by dieting.
It’s not just listening to K-pop that’s a problem. Recently, Korean slang has started to infiltrate everyday conversations with more and more North Korean women calling their girlfriends “oppa,” a term that translates to “ Honey, which is popular in South Korean dramas, instead of the state-mandated “comrades”.
To eliminate the phenomenon of “perversion”, government officials were ordered to search computers, texts and notebooks for the South Korean language. while the people who were caught imitating “Puppet accent” may be expelled from the city according to top secret documents
However, it may be too late to control the trend. A recent South Korean study of 116 defectors found that nearly half liked southern content “frequently” while residing in North Korea. New York Times reports.
“Young North Korean youths think they don’t owe Kim Jong Un,” said Jung Kwang-il, a North Korean defector who smuggled K-pop into his homeland. per child If he doesn’t want to lose the foundation for the future of his family’s dynastic rule.”
This isn’t the first time Kim has cracked down on what he calls anti-socialist trends.
last April The mushroom-haired dictator embarrassedly legislates and skinny jeans to try to cut off the “decayed” Western fashion trend.