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AP Knocks Down Mandatory Kim Jong-Un Haircuts

First we have this outlandish calumny, via BBC News:

North Korea: Students required to get Kim Jong-un haircut

26 March 2014

Male university students in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, it is reported. The state-sanctioned guideline was introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago, Radio Free Asia reports. It is now being rolled out across the country – although some people have expressed reservations about getting the look.

"Our leader’s haircut is very particular, if you will," one source tells Radio Free Asia. "It doesn’t always go with everyone since everyone has different face and head shapes." Meanwhile, a North Korean now living in China says the look is actually unpopular at home because people think it resembles Chinese smugglers. "Until the mid-2000s, we called it the ‘Chinese smuggler haircut’," the Korea Times reports.

It seems that haircuts have been state-approved in North Korea for some time – until now people were reportedly only allowed to choose from 18 styles for women and 10 for men. Earlier, North Korea’s state TV launched a campaign against long hair, called "Let us trim our hair in accordance with the Socialist lifestyle".

However, there are conflicting reports over the haircut mandate, with the NK News website reporting that recent visitors to Pyongyang did not notice a change in hair styles. Late leader Kim Jong-il, who ruled North Korea for 17 years, sported a bouffant hairstyle, reportedly in order to look taller.

Fortunately, the AP has leaped in to defend their other ‘Dear Leader.’

From the Associated Press:

Mandatory Kim Jong Un haircuts a baldfaced lie?

By ERIC TALMADGE | March 27, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s distinctive hairstyle is the ‘do of the day on the Internet, thanks to a viral report that every male university student in the capital is now under orders to get a buzz just like it. But it appears the barbers of Pyongyang aren’t exactly sharpening their scissors.

Recent visitors to the country say they’ve seen no evidence of any mass haircutting. North Korea watchers smell another imaginative but uncorroborated rumor. The thinly sourced reports say an order went out a few weeks ago for university students to buzz cut the sides of their heads just like Kim.

And you know how the AP hates ‘thinly sourced reports.’ (If they insult their heroes.)

Washington, D.C.-based Radio Free Asia cited unnamed sources as saying an unwritten directive from somewhere within the ruling Workers’ Party went out early this month, causing consternation among students who didn’t think the new ‘do’ would suit them.

"I was there just a few days ago, and no sign of that," said Simon Cockerell of Koryo Tours, which specializes in bringing foreign tourists to North Korea. "It’s definitely not true." An AP journalist in Pyongyang also said he had not seen any recent changes in hairstyles among college students in the capital…

Though the forced grooming story may be one of many reported oddities about North Korea life that turn out to be false, it is true that the government has its own "fashion police." …

But who are we to judge?

In 2005, however, the government waged war against men with long hair, calling them unhygienic anti-socialist fools and directing them to wear their hair "socialist style." It derided shabbily coifed men as "blind followers of bourgeois lifestyle." The country’s state-run Central TV even identified violators by name and address, exposing them to jeers from other citizens.

The hair campaign, dubbed "Let’s trim our hair according to socialist lifestyle," required that hair be kept no longer than 5 centimeters (2 inches). Older men received a small exemption to allow comb-overs. The campaign claimed long hair hampers brain activity by taking oxygen away from nerves in the head. It didn’t explain why women were allowed to grow long hair.

This explains a lot of other things, as well.

With women’s hair, too, there have been misperceptions.

Photos of suggested hairstyles posted outside women’s hair salons — the kind allow a customer to show her hairdresser what she wants — are regularly depicted by foreign media as showing the only sanctioned styles North Korean women can choose from.

Not true. But don’t tell that to the Internet.

Thank goodness for the fact-checkers at the AP. Now if only they would turn their attentions to issues closer to home. Like Obama-Care.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 27th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AP Knocks Down Mandatory Kim Jong-Un Haircuts”

  1. Right of the People

    Instead of getting haircut that’s not an embarrassment “l’l Kim wants everyone to be as fugly as him. I wonder if Dennis Rodman told him he looked good? I hope Barry the Bungler doesn’t get any ideas.




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