The brutally repressive rule of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un is no laughing matter. When juxtaposed with Kim’s human-rights atrocities, therefore, the North Korean government’s new marketing campaign is so jarring as to be downright preposterous.
The BBC published the full list of 310 new slogans that Pyongyang is distributing to raise the people’s spirits. Many of the slogans relate to food and portray the country’s gastronomic situation as one of abundance just over the horizon.
“It’s an indication of the absolutely dire state of the North Korean economy,” Sheffield University emeritus professor James Grayson, who has studied the Korean region extensively, told BBC. “You have this huge disparity between the select few living in the best parts of Pyongyang, who live very well … whereas other parts of the country are allowed to go to hell in a cart.”
So, we’ve mocked up some memes to demonstrate just how ridiculous these slogans are.
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