July 9, 2012

On North Korean TV, "Tigger, Minnie Mouse and other Disney characters prancing in front of Kim Jong-un and an entourage of clapping generals."

"The footage also showed the boyish-faced leader in a black Mao suit watching as Mickey Mouse conducted a group of young women playing violins in skimpy black dresses."
At times, scenes from the animated Disney movies “Dumbo” and “Snow White” were projected on a large, multipanel screen behind the entertainers; an article in the state-run press said unnamed foreign songs were on the bill.
This makes me feel hopeful!


Ipso Fatso said...

The guy is fu**in' Goofy.

rhhardin said...

Hope and change all over again.

Paddy O said...

Megacorporation vs. Megalomaniac!

David-2 said...

You think the Nork gov't is nasty towards Americans now, just wait until Disney's lawyers get through with them for the unauthorized use of their IP.

edutcher said...

I know the McDonald's rule of foreign policy:

No 2 nations with McDonald's franchises in both have ever gone to war.

Now is there a Mickey Mouse rule of foreign policy?

Jose_K said...

His cousin? ran tio Japan to go to Japan disney. His father was a fan of NBA and cheerleades

Jose_K said...

No 2 nations with McDonald's franchises in both have ever gone to war.
No true anymore: Yugoslavia had a MacDonald.
Kant said it first, countries with commercial wont go to war

Ignorance is Bliss said...

It's a small world after all.

leslyn said...

It makes me think he's evem more nuts than his father.

I can see it now: NK bombs NW US in order to invade and capture Disney.

Thank God he doesn't seem to have an obsession with Nashville and Bollywood. Or State Street!

Ex-prosecutor said...

Wait, a violin wearing a black dress?
I never w that before.

Paul said...

"This makes me feel hopeful! "

Huh? HE IS OUT OF HIS GOURD and Kim might do something really really stupid (or his minions.)

No, this Micky Mouse stuff is not cute.. it's the sign of a nutjob. He is projecting.

YoungHegelian said...

I guess Kim went with Disney characters rather than Loonie Tunes characters because that just hits too close to home.

RazorSharpSundries said...

No lifesize South Park characters available? Now that would give me hope.

MayBee said...

Why does this make you feel hopeful?

MayBee said...

Remember, NK has been participating in the Olympics for about a decade, as well as World Cup soccer. It hasn't opened up NK to the outside, even though those events actually involve NKoreans leaving their country.
The Kims have always had access to goodies outside the country. Kim Jong Il had a chef who used to fly to Tokyo if he needed the right kind of sushi rice. He imported liquor for himself.
This was just Kim Jong-un amusing himself. He didn't bring in the Disney corporation to do this. He stole their IP and presented it to his cloistered nation, in his own honor. The people who saw it will only know about it what they let him know.
The people who performed in it probably practiced 18 hours a day for a year, with very little food and fear of messing up.

Rusty said...

He so ronery.

This and half his country's people are starving. His father redirected most of the military budget-which includes food for soldiers- to his missile and nuclear bomb projects.
One observer pointed out that there was a real danger of the NK army invading the south just to get something to eat. Fully half of NKs conventional war fighting equipment is in disrepair. When NK falls it will be very, very bloody.

Franklin said...

"North Korea’s untested young leader has tried once again to take a dramatic step with his isolated, impoverished nation, this time with a bit of unapproved help from Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh."

It's not that the nation is impoverished. It's that the nation is a totalitarian dictatorship (aka a Democrat's wet dream) which is why it's impoverished. Fucking New York Times assholes.

Tarzan said...

Makes me think of that Twilight Zone episode with a young Billy Mummy who inflicts his wishes (which are always granted) on all who would displease him.


"Uhhh...yes Johnny! Why of course. That's exactly what we'll do! C'mon everyone, let's...uhhh..get the show going!"

Nothing more terrifying than an infantile dictator.

Methadras said...

This makes me feel hopeful!

Ann, do you just say this stuff to incite a reaction? I'm curious because I'm wondering what you are hopeful for from this regime or this leader.

Geoff Matthews said...

You know who else liked Mickey Mouse?
The only way he can indulge in these things is by suppressing his people.
There is no hope for North Korea.

AaronS said...

A quick read of "Escape from Camp 14" will erase any hope for North Korea.