I know I tend to joke around a bit and have some snarky fun here, but when Kim Jong Il died and I wrote that North Koreans had better weep uncontrollably “or get sent to a labor camp,” I wasn’t kidding. And of course now it sounds like that is indeed the case:
North Korean authorities are punishing mourners who failed to exhibit sincere sadness and despair after the death of Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17, the Daily NK reported Wednesday.
The online North Korean newspaper, which is published by opponents of the governing regime, said a source in North Hamkyung Province revealed the information. The source told the paper “authorities are handing down at least six months in a labor-training camp to anybody who didn’t participate in the organized gatherings during the mourning period, or who did participate but didn’t cry and didn’t seem genuine,” according to the Daily NK.
Word is that MSNBC is threatening a similar punishment for employees who don’t react the same way if Obama isn’t re-elected.
If Kim Jong Un wanted real tears he should have told North Koreans that Jimmy Carter was taking over as their leader.
If you look closely at one of the videos you might be able to spot a couple of people whose “sincere” expression of fake grief is clearly not up to State mandates. They’re probably being interrogated as we speak: