We all know how serious Yoon Se-Ri’s outfits and drama’tude were, in the now iconic series, “Crash Landing on You”, starring Son Ye-Jin, with now real life boyfriend, Hyun Bin, (who played the swoon-worthy North Korean Officer, Ri Jeong-Hyeok) in the smash 2020 breakout hit. But is it prison serious?! (Well, that would depend on who you ask.)
And according to a source given to dailynk, if you’re asking North Korea, then yes, it is illegal to have watched your favorite dramas such as #Cloy, and many other fan favorites, no matter how addictive they can be. (But I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to even have an addiction in North Korea… but don’t quote me on that)
Story has it that not only did North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, strictly tighten up on laws of using outside influences, such as: slang, trendy fashion, kpop, and cinema- but he also believes the influences of South Korean pop culture to be a “vicious cancer” that is corrupting his isolated state. And the penalties of breaching these rules, that went into law this past December, could ‘land’ you in labor camp for 15 years… or worse… execution!
All it takes is ONE CALL, or ONE ACCUSATION from neighbors, friends, family, or even strangers, to blow the whistle on your “Watch Party”, and then it’s off with the officials, you go. And according to reports that quote North Korean court officials, “NOBODY escapes the aware, keen eye of the locals….” Nobody.
So now, after a public trial, which took place in the North Hamgyong Province of Musan County, where 8 teens were seated in school chairs, and legally tried by a group of 7 officers, who not only accused them of “gang-like” activity for watching such entertainment such as “The Spy Gone North” and “Crash Landing on You”, but for also REENACTING it and imitating the characters for people!
Although we have yet to know the fate of the teens on trial, we do know that North Korea has been cracking down hard on crimes of public South Korean Culture appreciation and believe that following the footsteps of those who have taken this path will make the youth “ripe for life imprisonment.”
Yes, we love our South Korean Entertainment, and K-Culture, and probably couldn’t imagine life without it now that we’re so hooked. But when it becomes a matter of life or death… our hearts can’t help but to go out to those who have risked their lives for the seasons of pleasure that we so freely get to enjoy.
Dramacists – what are your thoughts on this situation?
And how long do you think it will last with this generation of K-Culture addicts on the Loose?
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