Yes, this really just happened.
North Koreans have literally been banned from speaking “sarcastically” about the country’s dictator, Kim Jong-Un. Citizens of the country are also prohibited from joking about the strongman’s government.
According to the Independent UK, government officials held meetings throughout the country informing the citizenry of the new laws. Apparently the expression about Kim Jong, ‘a fool who cannot see the outside world’ is making the rounds in the nation.
An anonymous source told Radio Free Asia that,
“One state security official personally organised a meeting to alert local residents to potential ‘hostile actions’ by internal rebellious elements. The main point of the lecture was ‘Keep your mouths shut.’”
North Koreans were warned not to “sarcastically” blame America for all of the country’s ills, as a way of mocking the government which routinely does just that.
The source explained,
“This habit of the central authorities of blaming the wrong country when a problem’s cause obviously lies elsewhere has led citizens to mock the party.”
Media outlets in the region have reported that acts of civil disobedience have broken out as of late, with graffiti that mocks the government and Jong being painted on structures.
People on Twitter reacted with humor.
If you live in North Korea it’s against the law to be sarcastic ???
— LispyJimmy (@UnitedgamerzHQ) September 9, 2016
Kim Jong Un bans ‘sarcasm’ in North Korea.
(That was the only joy his people had left….)
— Brad Sherwood (@TheBradSherwood) September 9, 2016
I would literally be executed right away
“Sarcasm is banned”
“Yeah okay suuuure buddy good luck with that one”https://t.co/btIERoHDqR
— tøp memes (@pilotsmemes) September 9, 2016
In May, Kim Jong-Un temporarily banned weddings, funerals, and people from entering or leaving the country for “safety precautions” prior to the Worker’s Party of Korea Congress.
Apparently with the ban, pictures such as these mocking the North Korean Air Force & Navy would get one some serious jail time, or even executed.
Of course, Obama’s administration assaulting freedom of speech is nothing new in “fundamentally transformed” America. Last year Hofstra University student Daniel Martins was arrested for holding an “Impeach Obama” banner on an overpass. That’s right, don’t offend Obama or your ass is going to the slammer.
In related news, North Korea tested a 10 kiloton nuclear weapon on Thursday.
Maybe Kim Jong-Un would chill out if he just had a Snickers. I’d like to think it’d help Obama, too, but I highly doubt it.