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North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has declared war on K-Pop and is targeting BTS fans in particular in a bizarre battle of music and control.
The 37-year-old supreme leader has taken issue with the infectious tunes of Korean pop music – which blends European music style with Korean lyrics.
Control freak Kim has declared the music style a “vicious cancer” and says it risks corrupting the people of North Korea – who live under his totalitarian control.
Mr Jong-un’s government is now cracking down on the style of music as he regards it as “a serious threat to North Korean socialism.”
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TMZ reports: “Leaked documents from the North Korean government show Kim is running an anti-K-Pop campaign against what he calls the ‘vicious cancer’ of South Korean pop groups.
“The docs, detailed in the New York Times, rip K-Pop for spreading ‘anti-socialist’ sentiment and corrupting the ‘attire, hairstyles, speech, behaviors’ of the youth.”
The report hints that there are concerns over how brutal Mr Jong-un’s vendetta against the music style, and those who enjoy it, will go.
Kim Jong-un has declared war on K-Pop music, according to reports
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They write: “The scary part is it's hard to say how far Kim would go to stem what he sees as a cultural invasion from South Korea and its boy bands.”
And add: "While BTS and other K-pop groups are hurling infectious hits like Dynamite … Kim Jong-un has actual explosives."
The latest threat against K-Pop comes three months after Kim Jong-Un made a veiled threat to entertainment.
In March, a propaganda site was uncovered describing artists as: "bound to unbelievably unfair contracts from an early age, detained at their training and treated as slaves after being robbed of their body, mind and soul by the heads of vicious and corrupt art-related conglomerates".
Kim has declared K-Pop music 'a serious threat to North Korean socialism'
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Expert Keith Howard, from London's School of Oriental and African Studies, told CNN at the time: "There's no evidence that people are creating any of their own music outside of what's centrally allowed.
"The only recording company is state-owned, and there are no performances that would be permitted outside what's authorised.
"You don't even have the right to create new words (to existing songs), and if you did, you'd have to be incredibly careful, because if they were deemed to be inappropriate you'd be in trouble."