Tight jeans, foreign films and “unconventional” hairstyles will be banned from now on Korea of the North: it is the new “war” waged by Kim Jong-un against “reactionary thinking”. In fact, in May, a law was passed that provides for drastic sanctions for those who “disobey”: death penalty or labor and re-education camps. Kim himself called for the repression of “unpleasant, individualistic and anti-socialist conduct”.
There was a time when the Internet was blocked. Now we go further: the North Korean leader has said no to tight jeans and all practices – such as piercing – considered symbols of the “capitalist lifestyle”. Not to mention the feared South Korean soap operas. The restrictions mainly limit young people, who are ever closer to Western fashion trends.
Some punishments have already been inflicted according to the Daily NK, the news site based in Seoul and specialized on the events of the North. Apparently three teenagers were found to be “guilty” for styling her hair in the manner of South Korean K-pop bands and for wearing shorts above the ankles. That is why they would have been sentenced to enter the re-education camp. The sanction, for those who are caught in possession of large quantities of audiovisual products from South Korea, the USA and Japan, could however also be death penalty, while only the vision would lead to the prison camp up to 15 years.