Okay ....... at first this will seem like it isn't really news worthy.
(And honestly, it is rather comical) However, it is interesting
to read what the people who run North Korea are up to and how
they think. This story is .... well .... interesting, if not a little
entertaining. I feel sorry for the N. Koreans. They have leaders
who believe this, or at the very least believe that the N. Koreans
are idiots and will believe this.
Instead of spending their time and money (the little they have)
on enforcing haircuts on men... perhaps they could have spent
the time and money on educating their people to a higher standard
so they can build their own farm equipment to grow food, or
whatever. Something a little more important in a country with
much of it's peasantry is going hungry, something more important
January 8, 2005
North Korea has launched an intensive media assault on its latest arch enemy - the wrong haircut.
A campaign exhorting men to get a proper short-back-and-sides has been aired by state-run Pyongyang television.
The series is entitled Let us trim our hair in accordance with Socialist lifestyle.
While the campaign has been carried out primarily on television, reports have appeared in North Korean press and radio, urging tidy hairstyles and
It is the strongest media campaign against men's sloppy appearances mounted in the reclusive and impoverished Communist state in recent years.
The propaganda drive on grooming standards has gone a stage further than previous attempts. This time television identifies specific individuals
deemed too shoddy.
Pyongyang television started the campaign last autumn with a five-part series in its regular TV Common Sense programme.
Stressing hygiene and health, it showed various state-approved short hairstyles including the "flat-top crew cut," "middle hairstyle," "low
hairstyle," and "high hairstyle" - variations from one to five centimetres in length.
The programme allowed men aged over 50 seven centimetres of upper hair to cover balding.
It stressed the "negative effects" of long hair on "human intelligence development", noting that long hair "consumes a great deal of nutrition"
and could thus rob the brain of energy.
Men should get a haircut every 15 days, it recommended.
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[edit on 1/11/2005 by FlyersFan]