Wail of a time in North Korea
It’s a sad day in North Korea. In truly Orwellian scenes, North Koreans are playing the game of of “I am more sad than you” after the passing of their “Dear Leader”, who starved, terrorised and tortured his own populace for decades.
It’s easy to make fun of the teary scenes in Pyongyang and elsewhere. For example, you could point out that there appear to be extra points for banging the pavement with your palm. But to paraphrase what they say on the Virgin Blue flights, there is a serious side to today’s flight of fancy.
Show an inappropriate level of misery (i.e anything less than full breakdown) and you risk being nabbed by the thought police. It’s terrifying stuff. We here at The Punch are genuinely torn between our initial instincts to make fun of a nation’s crocodile tears, and our sympathy for those forced to cry.
Here are some more vids to help you feel whatever it is you end up feeling.
Newsreader breakdown, with bonus table banging
Apparently they will overcome their crocodile grief with crocodile courage.
If anyone is interested in reading just how dastardly the rule has been in North Korea, we heartily recommend Nothing to Envy by LA Times journo Barbara Demick. We read it last summer and it blew our minds. In a bad way, but in a very moving way. You won’t fake the tears after reading that one.
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