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The oppressive North Korean regime is cracking down hard on things like foreign movies and slang in a crusade to drive out international influence and anti-socialist behavior, what Kim Jong Un has called a “dangerous poison.”
North Korean laws are strict and violations come with harsh punishments, but enforcement can be unpredictable.
The Daily NK, citing its network of sources inside North Korea, reported last summer that authorities had stepped up their efforts to root out things like “dyed hair, earrings, jeans and clothing with foreign lettering.”
In December, the South Korean media outlet reported that the North Korean government had put into effect a sweeping new “anti-reactionary thought” law aimed at curbing foreign influence, such as films, music, and even slang from overseas.
The law threatened violators with heavy fines, jail time, and possibly death depending on the severity of the crime.
This past April, the North Korean leader sent a letter to the Youth League, urging it to “resolutely root out the negative sprouts and the poisonous weeds,” which apparently include the improper “words and acts, hairstyles and attire” of some of North Korea’s young people.
Hairstyles may seem like a weird thing for the North Korean government to fixate on, but as Peter Ward, a North Korea researcher, previously told NK News, “first it’s haircuts, then lifestyle choices, then values, and then potentially fundamental questions about power, money and the way society is structured.”
The next month, the Rodong Sinmun, the paper of the ruling Worker’s Party, published an article warning against the “exotic and decadent lifestyle” of capitalism, stressing that North Korean society “must be wary of even the slightest sign of the capitalistic lifestyle and fight to get rid of them.”
North Korea is clamping down on foreign influence in a big way, and …read more