North Korean Defector Criticizes Gwen Berry's Protest | 22 Words

A human rights activist who's known for escaping oppression in North Korea has called U.S Olympian Hammer thrower Gwen Berry "spoiled" for turning her back on the American flag and not knowing how good she really has it.

Yeonmi Park, who got away from the hermit Kingdom in 2007, told Fox News on Thursday that Berry's decision to hold a political protest on the podium as the national anthem played is "unthinkable."

"In North Korea, people who are actually oppressed don't even know they're oppressed," Park told the outlet. "The fact that she's complaining about oppression and systemic racism — she does not understand that she's so privileged."

Park even went as far as to say that if Berry committed the same actions in North Korea, she'd be killed for it.

"If she was North Korean, not only herself will be executed, also eight generations of her family can be sent to political prison camp and execution."

But as outspoken as the likes of human rights activist Yeonmi Park thinks Berry may be, the activist athlete expresses that her protest doesn't mean that she hates the U.S at all.

When asked why the National Anthem makes her feel so uncomfortable in a recent interview with Black News Channel, she responded swiftly: "History."

"If you know your history, you'd know the full song of the national anthem. The 3rd paragraph speaks to slaves in America. It is disrespectful and it does not speak for Black Americans, it is obvious."

However, Park - who was also sold into slavery - disagreed with Berry's defense saying that "the fact that she's complaining about this country, the most tolerant country, she doesn't really understand history," she said. "I was a slave... I was sold in China in 2007 as a child at thirteen years old. The people actually called slavery under the Chinese Communist Party in North Korea. There is actual injustice."

Park added that there are "people dying to come to America at this very moment" and she thinks that Berry is taking her freedom for granted.

"I just hope they go to North Korea, China and see how humans are being oppressed," Park said, referring to people who feel "oppressed" by the U.S. "And they will truly understand how valuable the freedom that we have is."

It's not unknown that North Korea and China are places of mass oppression, restricting citizens' rights to speech, activity, and even religion.

China has also already been facing heat after Uighur camp detainees have alleged systematic r*pe, and abuse earlier this year.

According to the BBC's investigation: "Human rights groups say the Chinese government has gradually stripped away the religious and other freedoms of the Uighurs, culminating in an oppressive system of mass surveillance, detention, indoctrination, and even forced sterilization."

So, for Berry to claim that she no longer wants to live under an oppressive state (U.S), where she's free to say and do as she pleases without threat to her physical wellbeing, it really struck a chord with the Korean activist and defector.

According to NPR, "Berry will go on to Tokyo with the U.S. team for her second Olympics, where protests and demonstrations are banned under Rule 50."