Kim Jong-Un Calls K-Pop a 'Vicious Cancer' | 22 Words

While K-Pop continues to dominate the world of music, Kim Jong-Un has recently slammed it as a "vicious cancer."

Bit harsh there, don't you think?

Korean pop - or K-Pop for short - is a genre of music originating from South Korea.


The term is also used in Western cultures to describe Korean music as a whole and overlaps with other genres such as rap, drill, and pop-rock. ​Its initially weird, bubblegum image has now evolved into something more palatable for the West, and as more new artists leave their mark on the charts, K-Pop continues to seep its way into our lives.

From BTS' Dynamite to BlackPink's How You Like That, ​K-Pop has given us some absolute bops. If you're more of an OG fan, you'll be able to recall some of the veteran artists like Big Bang and 2NE1 and the original viral king PSY who also helped the genre breakthrough into the mainstream.

And fast forward almost a decade and K-Pop is now somewhat dominating the music industry.


But there's one person who's not quite on board with it all... North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un.

It seems as though he's not happy with the influence the genre is having over the world and particularly, the people of his country.


The New York Times reported that Kim has declared a culture war against South Korea, spreading concerns about his country "[crumbling] like a damp wall" as a result of "dangerous poisons."

The news comes as young people in North Korea have been amending their "attire, hairstyles, speeches and behaviors" to mimic what they're seeing in K-Pop videos and K-Dramas.

​Even though Kim's harsh control of the country hasn't wavered, young people are naturally being influenced by "foreign" ideas.


In the leader's eyes, these elements coming from South Korea can be considered "anti-socialist and nonsocialist" which stands against the North Korean regime.

Jung Gwang-il, a man who smuggles K-pop into the country told the outlet this:

"Young North Koreans think they owe nothing to Kim Jong-Un. He must reassert his ideological control on the young if he doesn't want to lose the foundation for the future of his family's dynastic rule."

Chief editor of Japan's Asia Press International, Jiro Ishimaru, also explained that "the cultural invasion from South Korea has gone beyond a tolerable level."


"If this is left unchecked, he fears that his people might start considering the South an alternative Korea to replace the North," he added.

Who would have thought, eh? Kim Jong-Un's demise might be due to catchy pop tunes and impeccable hair!