North Korea: We Are The Weird

Jonathan Capehart at the Washington Post provides some amusing commentary to what has to be the ultimate in outsider music:

Oh, North Korea. You crazy peninsula of propaganda. Usually, when the isolated nation wants attention, it talks smack about or threatens destruction of the United States. The North Korean leadership is also fond of firing off missiles to scare the bejeezus out of its prosperous South Korean neighbors. Over the weekend, North Korean state-controlled media posted a comical video on YouTube of a man who dreams of blowing up Manhattan. The cheesy instrumental version of “We Are the World” is suitably surreal.

Here’s a translation of the story told by those screen captions, courtesy of the New York Times.

“I had a dream last night, a dream of soaring into space on board our Unha-9 rocket. Our Kwangmyongsong-21 spacecraft got separated from the rocket and traveled through space. I see stars and the green Earth. I also see a unified Korea. Meanwhile, I see black smoke rising somewhere in America,” the dreaming man says. “It appears that the headquarters of evil, which has had a habit of using force and unilateralism and committing wars of aggression, is going up in flames it itself has ignited. Just imagine riding in a Korean spaceship. One day, my dream will come true.  No matter how hard the imperialists try to isolate and stifle us, they will not stop our people’s path toward our final victory of achieving a unified, strong and prosperous Korea.”…

[continues at the Washington Post]


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  • Lance von Ende

    Dear Activision, you are an idiot.

    • Majestic

      Fortunately LiveLeak stepped in to supply the video instead of YouTube.

  • Vibe Cop

    “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Activision Games, Inc.” WTF? Was the video actually a piece of guerilla marketing all along?

    • Ian Todd

      Or…they actually used in game footage made by Activision, who understandably aren’t too happy about their product being a centre piece of a North Korean propaganda video

  • BuzzCoastin

    so the point of this was to show how the West censors content with copyright
    and North Korea is showing Homelanders how it works?

    How can you tell the difference between a Homelander & a North Korean?
    The Homelander is the one who thinks he’s free
    because Big Homelander told him he was.

    • Calypso_1


      I thought you could tell a N. Korean by the purity of their racial bloodline.

  • Mr B

    ‘You crazy peninsula of propaganda.’ – That’s rich.

    Good luck to North Korea against the US imperialists & co.

    • kowalityjesus

      It would be nice to at least be able to say that the propaganda was lying, and the US does NOT commit wars of aggression. :(

  • anon

    Western propaganda….wake up people!

  • Tchoutoye

    And this is weirder than Red Dawn, how exactly?

  • zobop republic

    Are American’s aware that we’re “technically” still at war with Norht Korea.

  • chinagreenelvis

    Why does North Korea even give a fuck about South Korea anymore? It’s like that creepy ex-boyfriend who still thinks he’s going to get married to the girl that left him years ago.

  • Saint John Of the kingdom mall

    Over the weekend, North Korean state-controlled… lol like you guys are the ones to talk about it, it may not be state controlled media but corporate controlled media so i really can’t tell the difference between your shitty hollywood propaganda and this mockery