BTS against the dictator … this is the new battle front for Kim jong un, who reportedly saw the rise of K-Pop and its fans as a serious threat to North Korean socialism.
Documents released by the North Korean government show Kim is leading an anti-K-Pop campaign against what he calls the “vicious cancer” of South Korean pop groups. The documents, detailed in the New York Times, tear K-Pop apart for propagating “anti-socialist” sentiment and corrupting the “dress, hairstyles, speech, behavior” of young people.
On the surface, this is suspiciously similar to what American parents once said about Elvis and the Beatles. Of course, the punishment at the time was down to earth – but Kim, known as a brutal dictator, orders a crackdown on K-Pop fans.
What’s scary is that it’s hard to say how far Kim would go to stem what he sees as a cultural invasion of South Korea and its boy bands.
As BTS and other K-pop groups release contagious hits like “Dynamite” … Kim Jong-un has some real explosives.
Sure, the legion of global K-pop fans are notoriously influential online – but they will be largely ineffective in North Korea, where the Kim’s regime maintains a tight grip on internet access.