Why did North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un wage war against jeans and foreign movies?

Why did North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un wage war against jeans and foreign movies?


“Imagine being in perpetual quarantine with no internet, no social media, and only a few government-controlled television channels designed to tell you what country leaders want you to hear.” Dissident North Koreans speaking to the BBC summarize the situation in the country with these sentences.


Now North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has tightened his oppressive stance in the country by introducing a comprehensive new law against what the regime describes as “reactionary thinking”. With media products such as movies and TV shows from South Korea, the USA or Japan, everyone now faces the death penalty. Those caught watching are sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Recently, Kim wrote a letter to state media urging the country’s Youth League to break down “distasteful, individualistic, anti-socialist behavior” among youth. He announced that he wanted to stop foreign speech, hairstyles and clothing, which he described as “dangerous poisons.”


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