It continually baffles me that Kim Jong-un still describes North Korea as a country. To me it’s a dysfunctional work camp full of emaciated peasants all sporting ‘happy crappy’ haircuts.
It’s true as it is ridiculous. Ever since 2015 North Korean men have been made to wear their hair in the same style as Supreme leader Kim Jong-un. Known as the “ambitious” style North Korean men are forced to keep their hair less than 2cm in length and cut in a sweptback bouffant with shaved sides.
Unfortunately some North Koreans are less than thrilled about the look. A former Pyongyang resident (now living in China), told the Korea Times that the Kim Jong-un haircut is highly unpopular because it apparently resembles the ‘Chinese smuggler’ style.
The Kim Jong-un look may be unpopular but maybe it’s one way to keep Donald Trump off the front page. I guess it wouldn’t be so bad if the Supreme Leader had a sense of style but no, you can’t part the skin of a sausage.
I’m not sure what this all means in the greater scope of world affairs but when you put on a state sponsored uniform there are certain inhibitions that you have to accept. Apparentley western hairstyles are not the subtle pantomime that armchair activists are looking for in North Korea.
Ah, to be young and free in North Korea in the spring time. At least the people don’t spend valuable smile time complaining about their plastic surgery while leafing through a Helena Bonham-Carter catalogue of designer gowns.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words—well words might just spark a nuclear war.