For many of us, North Korea can seem like an impenetrable fortress of secrets, lies and questionable leadership decisions. Earlier this year, North Korea decided to outlaw sarcastic comments towards the regime’s leader Kim Jong-un. Now, the affectionately named(?) ‘Tubby Tyrant’ has announced that Christmas is for losers, and that North Koreans should instead be celebrating the birth of his grandma, Kim Jong-suk, who was born on Christmas Eve 1919.
Soz, Jesus – it’s all about G-ma now.
Kim Jong-un is already a known Grinch. This is a dude who has tried his best to stamp out Christianity following North Korea’s major smackdown on the religion in the early ’50s. According to human rights groups, between 50,000 and 70,000 Christians are currently imprisoned.
He’s even a public hater of Christmas trees: in 2014, he threatened all-out war when he learned that South Korea was thinking of putting up a huge, fuck-off Christmas tree on the border of the two nations.
Now, he’s gone one step further. Several days ago, the dictator reportedly decreed that instead of breaking out the Xmas decorations, citizens of North Korea should be visiting the tomb of the “Sacred Mother of the Revolution”. Grandma Kim Jong-suk was the wife of Jong-un’s father, North Korea’s OG dictator Kim Il-sung, and was a Communist activist and an anti-Japanese guerrilla in her time.
In a regime as brutal as North Korea’s, it’s doubtful that this new rule will be challenged too strongly. For now, everyone else will have to celebrate Christmas extra hard.
Source: New York Post.
Photo: Getty Images / The Washington Post.