Kim Jong-Un, supreme leader of North Korea, has described K-pop as a “vicious cancer”, while seemingly forgetting the fact he had a girl band perform for him back in 2018.
Short for Korean popular music, K-pop is a significant part of South Korean culture, with groups such as BTS and Blackpink becoming international stars in recent years.
However, Kim isn’t a fan of the genre, claiming it is corrupting the “attire, hairstyles, speeches [and] behaviours” of young North Koreans. The state media fears it could cause the country to “crumble like a damp wall” if action isn’t taken.
And it has, with a new law introduced in December last year meaning that those who are caught watching or owning entertainment from across the border face five to 15 years in labour camps. Individuals will also be punished with labour if they “speak, write or sing in South Korean style”, while those handing material to North Koreans could face the death penalty.
Kim’s latest remarks have since been mocked online, though, as several Twitter users have pointed out that he watched a performance by the K-pop group Red Velvet back in 2018.
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