With North Korea experimenting with nuclear weapons, and creating fear once again because there is no knowing what Kim Jong Un might do, South Korea has responded by taking action and arming themselves with their best weapon available: K-Pop.
Across the DMZ (Demilitrized Zone) a playlist varying different artists which include GFriend, Big Bang, APink, Lee Ae Ran, and others are being used in a form of propaganda to broadcast to the North about their current culture and democracy. While hoping that the music will draw attention to those living in North Korea, South Korea’s defense ministry hopes that the music will excite their curiosity.
While North Korean’s are restricted as to what they can watch and listen to, their government approved stations leaves with not so many options. But despite all this, North Korean’s have become fond of South Korean television, and music. With hidden USB sticks and DVD’s being smuggled in, watching the latest movie or show and listening to the latest hits has become worth the risk for many North Korean’s.
Although there is no knowing what the reactions may have been from within North Korea, the choice to broadcast popular songs from the country to get the message across is one of genius and classic since the U.S. Army in 1989 also used rock n’ roll hits such as “I Fought the Law” by the Clash, “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns and Roses and other songs in Panama to capture Manuel Noriega.
As North Korea continues to mobilize its army, South Korea’s groups are in turn becoming world wide famous. With singers such as CL from 2NE1 marking her American debut this year, and other groups such as BTS breaking Billboard records with their new song “Blood, Sweat & Tears”. K-Pop is fast becoming a genre for more than just Koreans, and we’re all singing along to it…mainly only the English parts.