Lately there’s been a lot of fuss over Kim Jong-Un and his health. Some think he’s dead while the North Korean media say he’s alive. We can’t tell you whether Kim Jong-Un is alive or dead, but we can tell you something that’s almost as important: stop stanning his sister, Kim Yo-Jong, to be his successor as North Korea’s new leader because it is incredibly f**ked up.
The GOAT team take a deep dive into the whole Kim Jong-Un/North Korea/Kim Yo-Jong thing on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:
There’s been a lot of talk about Kim Yo-Jong being the ideal successor to Kim Jong-Un as North Korea’s new leader in the event he’s shuffled off this mortal coil due to her powerful position and influence.
Ever since this possibility of Kim Yo-Jong being North Korea’s new leader was floated around, many stans have started shepherding her as the next great female world leader. There have been memes, adoring posts and even goddamn fancams.
Never mind the how stanning Kim Yo-Jong feeds into the problematic issue of fetishising East Asian women, the bigger issue is how putting her on a pedestal is a very dangerous rhetoric.
All this stanning makes light of the fact that Kim Yo-Jong is part of a sadistic ruling family that enslaves the people of North Korea, has no qualms executing people they don’t like, and has infringed on more human rights that we thought was possible. Hell, her family literally runs gulags, which is definitely not something you want from a potential world leader.
The reality is that Kim Yo-Jong is no better than Kim Jong-Un should she become North Korea’s new leader. It is more likely she’ll be even worse than her brother than be the next Jacinda Ardern.
Stanning the possible next-in-line dictator in the same manner as a K-pop star paints her in an unwarranted cutesy light that covers up the fact she’s a genuine global threat who’s played a big part in North Korea’s brutal regime. The last thing we need is to normalise a wannabe dictator but the idiot stans out there are making it incredibly difficult to avoid doing so.
For those defending all these ridiculous pro-Kim Yo-Jong posts as a joke or satire, well I have to tell you that it’s a horrific joke that goes well beyond bad taste.
When satire becomes virtually indistinguishable from the horrendous propaganda North Korea spews out, it stops being a joke and just becomes more propaganda. There’s no comedy of commentary to be found here anymore. With all this Kim Yo-Jong stanning, we’re well past the point of what is acceptable and are just playing right into North Korea’s hands.
Stick to stanning K-pop stars or fictional characters and leave real-life dictators like Kim Jong-Un’s evil sister out of it.
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