Tired of North Korea and its sicko leader Kim Jong-un yet? One more post and then I’ll stop. This headline grabber is too barbaric to pass up—a report that Kim Jong-un machine-gunned his ex-lover and 11 other singers and performers accused of selling pornographic videos of themselves. Many news outlets picked up the story and disseminated it after South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper broke the story based on an unconfirmed report from China. The fact that a story like this is believable, even if it turns out to be a rumor, tells you all you need to know about this regime.
The ex-girlfriend singer, Hyon Song-wol, reached the height of her popularity in North Korea in 2005 with a single called, “A Girl In The Saddle Of A Steed”, or “Excellent Horse-Like Lady”. Listen to her in a concert recording or a music video. Her band’s other popular songs included “Footsteps of Soldiers”, “I Love Pyongyang”, “She is a Discharged Soldier” and “We are Troops of the Party”. (Yes, it’s easy to mock this ideological stuff, but we should respect what people do in order to live with such a despicable government.)
The news stories assume the executions were politically motivated and speculate that Kim’s wife, Ri Sol-ju, who was once a member of the same band herself, was piqued at Hyon Song-wol’s high profile.
The story in the The Telegraph newspaper added these details: “All 12 were machine-gunned three days later, with other members of North Korea’s most famous pop groups and their immediate families forced to watch. The onlookers were then sent to prison camps, victims of the regime’s assumption of guilt by association, the reports stated.”
The Telegraph intimated that this may have been a better way to die than an execution ordered by last Kim Jong-un last year when it said:
She was luckier than Kim Chol, vice minister of the army, who was executed with a mortar round in October 2012.
Kim Chol was reportedly executed for drinking and carousing during the official mourning period after Kim Jong-il’s death.
On the explicit orders of Kim Jong-un to leave “no trace of him behind, down to his hair,” according to South Korean media, Kim Chol was forced to stand on a spot that had been zeroed in for a mortar round and “obliterated.”