Well, after winning fans around the world, South Korean pop culture has entered the final frontier, North Korea. However, it seems like the band’s thriving influence had threatened the leader Kim Jong-un.
He calls the famous K-Pop band a “vicious cancer” corrupting young North Koreans’ “attire, hairstyles, speeches, behaviors.” He also stated that if left unchecked, it would make North Korea “crumble like a damp wall.”
Nowadays, barely a day has gone by without Mr. Kim or state media railing against “anti-socialist and nonsocialist” influences dissipating in his nation, primarily South Korean movies, K-dramas, and K-pop videos.
Well, according to Junf Gwang-il a defector from the north who smuggles the network of K-pop in North Korea “Young North Koreans think they owe nothing to Kim Jong-un. He must reassert his ideological control on the young if he doesn’t want to lose the foundation for the future of his family’s dynastic rule.”
Also the leader is imposing harsh penalties on citizens caught listening to them.