North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un Bans Sarcasm (Yes, Really)
The North Korean government, lead by beloved totalitarian Kim Jong-un, has recently made it clear to its citizens that sarcasm is not cool anymore. Residents of the seemingly-carefree nation were warned through mass meetings organized by whimsical central government authorities that ironic statements about the leader or his oppressive regime “will not be forgiven.” Indirect criticism is apparently also banned, according to Asian media outlets, so satire is definitely not a good idea either.
An example of words not to be said and mentioned at these meetings is the commonly-said phrase throughout the region: “Kim Jong-un is a fool who cannot see the outside world.” Kim is apparently not a fan of being called a fool after not attending celebrations held in Russia and China marking the end of the Second World War. Media across the region have been reporting an increasing amount of public acts of dissent lately, such as graffiti in Pyongyang teasing the fearless leader’s production slogans and scandalous graffiti personally attacking Kim discovered in areas near China. A source in the northern Jagang Province told Radio Free Asia’s Korean Service that one state security official personally organized his own meeting to basically tell local residents, “Keep your mouths shut.” They were alerted to potential “hostile actions by internal rebellions elements.” The same message was also relayed in a meeting in the neighboring Yanggang Province on August 28, a source there said, where local residents were warned not to be “dragged into internal hostile behavior.” The same source said, “This habit of the central authorities of blaming the wrong country when a problem’s cause obviously lies elsewhere has led citizens to mock the party.” That’s probably why “This is all America’s fault,” is also a commonly-said phrase there, now considered an example of the aforementioned unacceptable criticism by the officials and outlawed as so. How dare the North Korean citizens mock Kim for his totally-believable blaming of the U.S. for his nation’s own turmoil. How dare they mock him at all.
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