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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un announced that mullets, spiked hair, and skinny jeans would be permanently banned as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea looks to eliminate any influences from American or South Korean culture.
According to the Fox News report, “North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un recently banned mullets and other ‘non-socialist’ haircuts – as well as skinny jeans – over fears the fashions would lead to capitalistic urges among the closed-off nation’s young people … “
News of the official ban has also been linked with the rise of K-Pop fashion circulating through pop culture in South Korea, based on the success of groups such as BTS.
The South Korean music group has also made headlines by collaborating with McDonald’s on a new meal deal, as part of a promotional series headlined by other popular records artists.
In a press release from North Korean state media, officials expressed concerns with the influence that wearing a mullet or skinny jeans symbolizes, also in a likely acknowledgment of archetypal American culture. “We must be wary of even the slightest sign of the capitalistic lifestyle and fight to get rid of them,” read the announcement released early in May. They added, “History teaches us a crucial lesson that a country can become vulnerable and eventually collapse like a damp wall regardless of its economic and defense power if we do not hold on to our own lifestyle.”
The ravenous attacks against American influences and its representation for freedom across the globe comes as no surprise from the North Korean leadership. Sister to Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo Jong, has made her own remarks regarding nations that threaten North Korean ruling.
As Americans, witnessing the political madness that came from COVID restrictions and ongoing mask mandates in 2020 provides strong reasoning to oppose this ban on jeans and party-ready haircuts. Though skinny jeans deserve their day on the Cancellation list, banning mullets is a step too far that should enrage unify both Blue and Red States.
The Fox report included accounts from people who fled North Korea, and how the role of American and South Korean culture, both strong proponents of capitalism, influenced them to escape and survive dictatorship rule.
From Levi’s in the South, Amiri jeans in LA, and diamond-studded Ed Hardy’s sitting on pews in South Carolina, an attack on one pair is an attack toward all.