There are countless ways to contrast the drastic differences between life in the U.S.A. and life in North Korea. These now include the treatment of women in the public eye connected to a sex tape.
The genesis of the alleged Unhasu Orchestra-pornography-August executions scandal was a pair of reports in South Korea‘s Chosun Ilbo and Japan‘s Asahi newspapers. Via KCNA, the DPRK subsequently denied claims that current and former members of the orchestra – including Kim Jong-un‘s one-time girlfriend – were executed to squelch some sex tape business. There was a subsequent and less Western-media covered allegation that the pornographic former goings-on were actually connected to (and designed to protect the reputation of) Kim Jong-il.
Who knows what really happened… But this particular rumor has been strong enough to apparently catch on like “wildfire” within the DPRK . As such, it highlights a rather bizarre dichotomy. The first lady of American celebrity and reality TV is Kim Kardashian (pictured), whose career was launched by an interracial sex tape. Singer Hyun Song Wol was supposedly killed in August by firing squad because her sex-tape activities could be connected to North Korea‘s current First Lady Lee Sul Ju.
Even if the Unhasu Orchestra tale is about as true as the notion of an under-performing DPRK national soccer team coach being dispatched to a labor camp, it’s worth pondering for a moment. In our “Fully Exposed Kingdom,” a woman who made a sex tape is held up as a role model by tween and teenage girls from coast to coast. In the Hermit Kingdom, a woman connected to similar pornographic exploits could very easily be summarily shot to death.
We haven’t heard the last of this alleged sex-tape scandal. Perhaps one day in the future an individual allegedly executed in August 2013 will show up outside the country’s borders to dispute these accounts. Or, another defector of some stature will confirm they saw it all go down. Until then, it’s your choice to keep up with the Kardashians, keep up with the Kims, or both.