North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is not happy about BTS or the K-pop phenomenon in general. He proclaimed it a “vicious cancer” corrupting the “attire, hairstyles, speeches, behaviors” of young North Koreans, and he set even harsher penalties for anyone caught enjoying it. Via the New York Times:
South Korean entertainment is now smuggled on flash drives from China, stealing the hearts of young North Koreans who watch behind closed doors and draped windows.
Its presence has become so concerning that North Korea enacted a new law last December to address it. The law calls for five to 15 years in labor camps for people who watch or possess South Korean entertainment, according to lawmakers in Seoul who were briefed by government intelligence officials, and internal North Korean documents smuggled out by Daily NK, a Seoul-based website. The previous maximum punishment for such crimes was five years of hard labor.
Let’s hope he never catches the guy who made this political parody of “Gangnam Style” by PSY: