Over the last week, Twitter has been on a wild goose chase trying to piece together the mystery of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
First, we heard rumours that he was absent from one of the biggest celebrations in the country, and was brain dead after a heart surgery went horribly wrong. Then, the U.S. and South Korea claimed those rumours were allegedly false, following North Korean reports and an alleged satellite image that he was just vibing on a beach somewhere.
Now, the most recent reports by Japanese newspaper Shukan Gendai, based on a series of screenshots from Chinese doctors who performed the surgery, claims he’s either in a vegetable state or dead.
During all this, the conversation quickly moved to who would be his successor. The current candidate, his sister Kim Yo-jong, is a member of the North Korean Propaganda division and recently ascended a key centre of power in the government. And, people are, absurdly, stanning her as their new “dictator queen.”
To quote Syrup’s own Monisha Rudhran, maybe, we as a species don’t deserve this planet anymore.
Who Is Kim Yo-jong?
Kim Yo-jong is a member of the North Korean government and Kim Jong-un’s sister. She’s often seen by his side on military tours, artillery exercises and celebrations honoring their late father Kim Jong-il’s and grandfather Kim Il-sung’s cult image.
According to The Guardian, in 2017, Kim Jong-un promoted her to the country’s executive committee (called a politburo), demonstrating his faith and trust in her while also allowing her to consolidate her power within the regime.
In January last year, according to Politico, she was further promoted to first vice-department director of the Propaganda department. After a United Nations (U.N.) report found incredible evidence of torture, execution and arbitrary imprisonment in the country, she, along with a number of other North Korean key officials, were blacklisted from the U.S.
Last month, Seoul, the capital of South Korea that’s also 50kms away from the North Korean border, protested against a live-fire military exercise by the North. In response, Yo-jong called the “serious concern” as “a truly senseless act,” calling the country a “frightened dog barking,” and the South Korean presidential office as a “burned child dreading fire.”
I don’t think I need to state the obvious here, but Yo-jong is not a new political queen for you to stan, but a potential threat to the world and an enforcer of North Korea’s troubling regime.
So, uhh, why the fuck are people stanning her?
People are even making fancams of the potential next international dictator, Kim Yo-jong…
The internet is a cursed place. For those needing more evidence, may we direct your attention to fancams (fan videos) made of Kim Yo-jong, literally made using footage of Yo-jong at the U.N. hearing that found her country guilty of torture and war crimes.
And, this kind of attitude is extremely dangerous.
Now, I’m going to try and be polite here when I say this, but this is not a safe space for a member of a dictatorial human rights abusing government.
I can’t believe that in 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump suggested people inject disinfectants into their bodies to fight an international pandemic that’s killed, as of writing, over 200 thousand people, and some of y’all are on the internet idolising a literal shoe-in for a dictatorship.
Why does this matter?
The biggest problem here is that it’s trivialising an extremely serious and sensitive issue right now. This kind of infatuation and memefication of a dangerous politician distracts us from the horrible things they’ve done.
Focusing on the insane imagery of Russian President Vladimir Putin wrestling a bear makes us forget about all the anti-LGBTQIA+ policies in the country and how he wants to be a president for life. Trivial memes about Trump, like how he uses Twitter, are an easy distraction from all the harmful social changes and policies he’s doing and passing.
Ultimately, it’s as Twitter user Makibras says, “I am a lesbian down to the marrow of my bones, my nerve endings are alight with warmth of the sapphic flame, but I am also a Rational Human Being With Morals so no gregory I’m not attracted to the Instrument Of Fascimsm And Torture.”