Why North Korea Sent Hundreds Of Cheerleaders To The Olympics

Why North Korea Sent Hundreds Of Cheerleaders To The Olympics

(group claps and sings a happy song) – “The Army of Beauties,” that’s a phrase the Western media concocted because I’d never heard that in South Korea. In South Korea, they’re just called cheerleaders or beautiful cheerleaders. So this business of beauty,
or cheerleaders, or army. First of all, they are not an army and they are not cheerleaders. They’re actually college
students who’ve been rounded up by the government to be sent
overseas to look pretty. So these young women are just
citizens who, they’ve been chosen because the regime put
some selection criteria which has to do with young age,
looking pretty– whatever they consider, from a good
family, having loyalty to the party, and of a certain height–
about 5 foot 3 at least. It’s almost like a beauty
contest, but except it’s not a beauty contest ’cause you’ve been forced to take this position. And you don’t have an option
as a North Korean citizen. So when we’re seeing these
young women cheering, they’re not like
cheerleaders that you see. They didn’t come there on their own will. They’ve been ordered by their regime. So they’ll go back to their lives and it’s as if these past few
days never happened for them because they’re not allowed to
discuss any of it back home. But you know, this is not
that unusual– in North Korea, citizens are rounded up
for a different purpose. If you go to North Korean restaurants, there are about over a hundred of them. A lot of them in China,
Cambodia, Malaysia, these restaurants are served
by North Korean women. They’re not waitresses,
they’re just young women who also have been selected to
serve there and sing and pour drinks for foreign
men and raise cash. Somehow, this has been turned into one of North Korea’s
greatest propaganda successes despite the fact that
this is the second time South Korea has hosted the Olympics. The first time was back in
’88, which was marred by North Korea’s terrorist
attack against South Korea by bombing an airplane which
killed over 100 civilians. This time, it just looks
to be almost hijacked by North Korea, and the moment having been used for legitimizing North Korea. And what we’re seeing in
the media is all about all the positive aspects of
North Korea which is astounding. North Korea is one of the
biggest gulags in the world and they conducted a sixth
nuclear test last September. That’s merely five months ago. So the turnaround of North Korea in the world’s eye has just
changed overnight it seems. It’s really an odd phenomenon. There’s an amnesia in
the world about actually what’s really going on with North Korea. That country has really
nothing to do with either cheerleaders or Olympics,
which actually is about the world coming together. North Korea’s the one place the world is not allowed to enter. And its citizens cannot
actually come out of their country to see their world. (uneasy music)

100 Replies to “Why North Korea Sent Hundreds Of Cheerleaders To The Olympics”

  1. Wouldn’t it be nice if everybody in North Korea just stopped listening to the president and literally a bunch of people attacked he president so he could not bomb his own country I know it’s more complicated then that but it would be nice

  2. The world wants to reward North Korea for any tiny improvement to encourage more changes. And forced cheerleaders are better than shooting a plane down.

  3. I think the Western Media has provoked the north Koreans and make them look just a bit too evil, I say just stop provoking them with war and shit and let them do their thing if they start getting aggressive we retaliate

  4. NK population is growing and food rations are shortening, they did this to look for who to execute if they make a mistake or attempt to escape

  5. North Korean people being threatened is a way of life they're born into it, they don't know the difference of freedom because you can't miss what you've never had. I don't think those women are afraid, they come from a well off family, they're traveling, and they're doing good. We the Free Willie's in the past have had slaves thought nothing wrong of it but from a different point of view not so much. That's just my opinion.

  6. She's not saying anything the government hasn't approved. She's reading off a teleprompter and it's not even subtle. Like wtf.

  7. The ladies look beautiful regardless of country of origin. Obviously, the spokes lady in this video is a South Korean and is throwing negative political propaganda about the North Korea. Just stop the hate, and start learing how to love people.

  8. This narrator should have at least fixed her make up while talking about the beautiful cheerleaders. As is she looks like a bitter jealous drab looking woman.

  9. This ISNT a PR success for North Korea. The second I saw those women I thought " their government drafted all the prettiest girls they could find and forced them to be a prt of that PR team" then again, many North Koreans have been conscripted into far worse situations than being cheerleaders.

  10. The western mindset about North Korea is really stupid, Asians are well-disciplined people if you go to Japan, South Korea, and China you will see the same discipline.

  11. I keep telling people, that North Korea should be banned from the Olympics. People tell me that I am discriminating against North Korean athletes, who would be denied of the opportunity to compete. I can't believe how stupid so many people are. This I am certain is NOT what happens at all. I think that this video demonstrates my point perfectly!

  12. North korea is doing much better compared half of the world's countries.. At least their nation isnt starving like some in africa or mass-genocides like middle east.. People still hate NK because they dont let others poke their nose into their state.. There are oppression and propaganda in NK. But then again which country doesnt?

  13. 0:34 we know there not an ACTUAL army girl! X-D 😀
    Army is also a slang word for just a bunch of similar things
    And yes they're cheerleaders. If you're there with the sole purpose to cheer then that's what you are

  14. I am a simple man please do not bomb me….
    Kim Jong Un kind of looks Raichu in formals
    I am still sorry….

  15. The Japanese and Koreans are really weird when it comes to this. What's with this fascination with synchronicity? I've seen it with those awful K pop bands. It's really not appealing

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