South Korea Resumes Psychological Warfare with Pop Music
— By Michael Krimper | May 25, 2010
South Korea resumed operations of psychological warfare against North Korea — effectively ending a six-year moratorium on propaganda — in response to the sinking of the Cheonan warship. The broadcast began yesterday evening at 6 p.m. on FM radio when a female anchor announced, what she called, the “voice of freedom”. What followed was a dance-pop song by girl group, Four Minute, titled “Huh”. The lighthearted melodies of freedom waded into North Korea, pulsing over a heavily synthesized bass line. Fairly assertive girlish voices — occasionally autotuned into a robotic growl — paraded their ability to do whatever they wanted while underscoring the dangers of overeating.
In the tune, “Huh,” the band sings: “When I say I want to appear on TV, when I say I want to become prettier, everybody says I can’t do it. Baby, you’re kidding me? I do as I please.”
The broadcast then explained how South Koreans no longer experience hunger, and are more worried about getting fat.
“Always remember, we want to share our prosperity with you,” the anchor said, accusing North Korean officials of enriching themselves while the people go hungry.
Four Minute says “Huh”, fiercely and cutely.
The question everyone is asking: did the broadcast include that introductory “let’s go” popular war cry? Alright, but in all seriousness, since North Korea did threaten to retaliate with artillery shell, will b-boy battles at the DMZ decide the future of Korea?Tweet