North Korea Isn’t Funny

I’m as guilty as anyone.

But whatever superficial humor can be found on the topic of North Korea, the reality of that homicidal gulag state is not a source of amusement for those unlucky enough to have been born within its borders, nor is it much of a knee-slapper for nations threatened by its lunatic provocations.

“Had I known of the actual horrors of the German concentration camps, I could not have made The Great Dictator, I could not have made fun of the homicidal insanity of the Nazis.”Charlie Chaplin

“Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”:

Systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations have been and are being committed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, its institutions and officials. In many instances, the violations of human rights found by the commission constitute crimes against humanity. These are not mere excesses of the State; they are essential components of a political system that has moved far from the ideals on which it claims to be founded. The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world. Political scientists of the twentieth century characterized this type of political organization as a totalitarian State: a State that does not content itself with ensuring the authoritarian rule of a small group of people, but seeks to dominate every aspect of its citizens’ lives and terrorizes them from within.

Not funny.

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Update, 1/3/15: “‘The Interview’: no laughing matter for N. Korean defectors”:

Seoul (AFP) – Hollywood comedy “The Interview” has won a few fans in between sparking apocalyptic warnings from North Korea — but for defectors who escaped the communist state, there’s nothing funny about it.

That’s not to say they’re not watching it. Defectors based in the South have flocked to see the film at the centre of an escalating international row thanks to its lurid depiction of the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

The United States claims that the film’s presentation of Kim — whose family has ruled the reclusive, impoverished state for more than six decades — prompted Pyongyang to launch a massive cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, the studio that made it.

“Every defector I know has seen the movie,” said Kim Sung-Min, who fled the North in 1996 and now runs the anti-Pyongyang Free North Korea Radio station.

“We’ve talked a lot about this flick over the past week, and we simply did not understand why it gives foreigners laughs,” he added….

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