Imagine your country cut in half
for fifty years, and then you take the first tentative steps towards reconciliation with a nice concert featuring performers from both countries. So your half of the country, the half that remained sheltered from the outside world, hosts the show. And the other half of the country sends one of their biggest boy bands. But they come out dressed all sloppy with what appears to be women’s makeup on, screaming things in a foreign language and singing like some kind of Bollywood act, basically confirming everything you’ve always said about them, that they are under the negative influence of cultural imperialism from X country and that they’ve lost their way.
You don’t have to imagine it anymore. Here it is. South Korean boy band Shinhwa in Pyeongyang, North Korea.