KCNA via REUTERS
KCNA via REUTERS
Supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un reportedly adhered to a call from a worker’s union to ban skinny jeans, mullets and certain body piercings in the country in order to avoid promoting a “capitalistic lifestyle”.
South Korean news outlet Yonhap News Agency reported that The Rodong Sinmun, which is the official newspaper of North Korea’s Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, made an appeal to get rid of trends such as skinny jeans. These trends are viewed as a threat to the socialism movement and to avoid promoting a “capitalistic lifestyle”.
“History teaches us a crucial lesson that a country can become vulnerable and eventually collapse like a damp wall regardless of its economic and defense power if we do not hold on to our own lifestyle,” the paper read according to YonHap News Agency.
“We must be wary of even the slightest sign of the capitalistic lifestyle and fight to get rid of them,” the paper continued.
Members of the state-run youth organisation are said to often act as the country’s “fashion police” as their duties include stopping people from wearing clothes that are deemed “too foreign”.
According to the Guardian, the communist regime has reportedly outlawed all but 15 hairstyles that will be considered “non-socialist” and has issued an order on “proper” hairstyles. Aside from skinny jeans and restricted hairstyles, branded T-shirts, lip and nose piercings are also banned. The use of any banned trend is now considered as “anti-socialist behaviour”.
Dictator Kim-Jong-un is not generally loved on the Twitter streets but oddly enough many Tweeps seemed to be in favor of the ban of skinny jeans. One Tweep was happy for the country saying “good for them”.
This may be due to the Millennial and Gen Z skinny jeans debate that selected Tweeps may have deemed as “out of style”.