North Korean youth face jail or execution for using slang or wearing trendy foreign fashions, warns Kim Jong-un
The young people of North Korea risk prison or death if they adopt foreign fashions, trendy hairstyles and now even CLAY.
Kim Jong-un’s state media warned young people that they now have to think twice before using “street” words from neighboring South Korea.
The crackdown is part of sweeping new laws aimed at crushing any kind of foreign influence in the isolated state.
Those who break the rules can face years behind bars or even execution, BBC reports.
The Rodong Sinmun newspaper warned teens about the dangers of following South Korean pop culture.
“The ideological and cultural penetration under the colorful and colorful banner of the bourgeoisie is even more dangerous than enemies who take up arms,” the article reads.
He pointed out that Korean based on the Pyongyang dialect is “superior”, young people should use it correctly.
Last month, Kim threatened to EXECUTE K-pop fans after calling the music a “vicious cancer” that corrupts the state.
Yang Moo-jin, professor at the University of North Korean Studies, told the Korea Herald that Kim “is well aware that K-pop or Western culture could easily permeate the younger generation.”
“He knows that these cultural aspects could place a burden on the system. So by eliminating them Kim is trying to avoid other problems in the future,” he said.
South Korean music, movies and TV shows have been smuggled across the border – and the North Korean leader fears it will influence the country’s youth and impact his regime.
Now Kim has cracked down on the culture, which he says corrupts “the clothes, the hairstyles, the speeches, the behavior” of his country.
In December, the Communist state introduced a new law that means anyone watching or owning South Korean entertainment can be sent to a labor camp for 15 years.
And anyone caught smuggling music, shows or movies into the country can even face the death penalty.
The law also calls for those who “speak, write or sing in the South Korean style” to undergo two years of forced labor.
BAN ON SKINNY JEANS
The sanctions came to light after internal documents were smuggled out of the country by the Daily NK, a Seoul-based news site.
According to reports, he warned that a “serious change” was underway in the “ideological and mental state” of North Korean youth.
It comes after Jong-un allegedly gave the chop to mules – banning the retro hairstyle with skinny jeans in a blow to “Western decadence.”
North Korea recognizes 15 approved haircuts, Yahoo News reported quoting an editorial from the North Korean newspaper The Rondong Sinmun.
“We must beware of any sign of the capitalist way of life and strive to get rid of it,” the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea read.
It also banned T-shirts with slogans and nose and lip piercings.