Media Celebrates North Korean Cheerleaders, Ignores Disturbing Details
North Korea has been dominating the news cycle lately. The Olympics themselves, not so much. At least North Korea is there, though, and that's what counts (or something). Now some on the left are currently wetting themselves over creepy North Korean cheerleaders. Marveling at them for "stealing the spotlight" and affectionately referring to them as North Korea's "weapons of mass distraction."
There's more than a few problems with this. But first, watch as the media once more proves itself to be Kim Jon-un's right hand fanboys.
North Korea's 200-plus cheerleaders steal spotlight at 2018 Winter Olympics with matching outfits, synchronized cha… https://t.co/GVE14qgB5o— ABC News (@ABC News)1518305516.0
Cheerleader diplomacy has engendered fascination from some South Koreans and skepticism from others https://t.co/cX2DiAsYIw— The Wall Street Journal (@The Wall Street Journal)1518462912.0
The most obvious problem is western media giving undue attention to a communist dictatorship. They're obsessing over all the figures, highlighting every detail (see Today Show Anchor Destroys the Media Over Their Love of Kim Jong Un's Sister). The public fixation in itself is disturbing, unhealthy, and morally questionable at best. Like when 12-year-olds discover memes.
Secondly, these cheerleaders are little more than servants to the communist regime. They're Kim Jong's tools. Observe:
[In 2006] twenty-one members of North Korean cheering squads who traveled to South Korea for international sports events [were] held in a prison camp for talking about what they saw in the South, a news report said. The female cheering squad apparently violated a pledge not to speak about what they saw in South Korea, the Chosun Ilbo reported.
Citing another unnamed defector, the newspaper said the cheerleaders had pledged before going to South Korea that they would treat the country as "enemy territory" and never speak about what they saw there, accepting punishment if they broke the promise.
If these women are forced to abide by such insane rules, it takes no stretch of the imagination to think they have little choice when it comes to performing. They likely even fear for their lives, seeing as saying the wrong thing gets them thrown in the clink. If they're lucky.
Nothing about North Korea is glamorous. These cheerleaders, like the rest of their countrymen, are not allowed to be individuals. Just Asian underlings destined to do their leader's bidding. All the while packed in with 200 other servant sardines. They can't even take joy in their accomplishments because it's required of them as their national duty. Kim Jong's moonfaced grossness made sure of that.
For people who hate Trump for his "dictatorial qualities," the mainstream media sure seems to love licking Kim's boots. Have fun down there.