North Koreans mournfully weeping the loss of a despot (video)
After the news of the death of their dear leader, Kim Jong-il, North Koreans sobbed and wept inconsolably, all for the loss of a mad man as shown in this footage courtesy of North Korean state controlled media. If it wasn’t so annoying, it would be funny.
First there’s Korean culture. Koreans are noted for being emotionally demonstrative at such times. It’s the thing to do.
Second, the footage of mourners for Kim Jong Il appears to have been shot mainly or entirely in Pyongyang, the capital.
Only certified Kim family loyalists are allowed to live in Pyongyang, where housing and food supply are better than in the provinces. In some of the more benighted provinces people live in slum conditions, lack the facilities for basic hygiene and suffer malnutrition, even starvation.
The third factor: Especially if it continues for more than another day or two, much of the grieving display can be put down to a combination of indoctrination and coercion.
Fourth, many of the residents of Pyongyang double as actors to impress visiting foreigners. They start as little children performing in events such as the Arirang “mass games” that have been the regime’s main tourist attraction in recent years.
Thus is a nation moved to tears for a pudgy dictator while many of his subjects literally starve.