Dear America

When a propaganda film from the North Freakin’ Koreans does a disturbingly accurate job of painting your portrait…

the time is long past for you to stop saying “But that’s North Korean propaganda!” and start saying, “God have mercy. We repent.”

When enemies as evil as the psychopaths who rule NoKo look less and less like liars and more and more like diagnosticians, consider the possibility that merely because they are evil does not mean they are blind. We are a desperately sick culture. Not as sick as NoKo. But “My endstage brain cancer is not as bad as your endstage liver cancer” is the sort of thing only idiots who idolize Paris Hilton and watch “Jersey Shore” say.

For the full story on this flick, go here.

  • Ben

    I think the North Korean perspective is only a conceit – the director seems to be from New Zealand, and his facebook page suggests that he made it all up.

  • King Richard

    I fail to see why having tyrants recognize some the failings of a particular nation make that nation *worse*. This is akin to saying “Well, that atheist is right, some Catholics *are* hypocrites”.
    Yes, we know. An atheist noticing does not make the atheist particularly insightful, the hypocrites more hypocritical, nor those who already knew it less aware.
    So a purported North Korean film points out many of the flaws already noted and commented on by a plethora of others, including Americans.
    So what?

    • Rosemarie

      +J.M.J+

      I was thinking somewhere along the same lines. The film is about 98% correct but it’s nothing I haven’t heard before from Western critics of pop culture. Attacking rich, narcissistic celebrities is like (proverbially) shooting fish a barrel and yeah, our degenerate pop culture makes their propagandists’ job all to easy. But there’s more to America than that. Some of us do avoid watching the dregs of TV entertainment and watch less vulgar, more intelligent fare instead. I hadn’t even heard of some of those TV programs and celebrities before watching that clip!

      And of course, they may be right about Western celebs and the excesses of capitalism but that doesn’t excuse NK’s own brand of evil committed in the name of communism.

      • Brian

        Yes, certainly there is more to American than the filth and depravity depicted in this video, but like it or not, this crap is mainstream, and relished by a frightening numbers of passive consumers whose pocketbooks and viewing habits keep this sewer running at full-tilt. Disgusting and shameful. There is going to be a fearsome judgement on this nation, and may God forgive me for any way I have passively or actively contributed to such a perverted culture.

      • http://chicagoboyz.net/ TMLutas

        The film is 96 minutes long. 2% is slightly under two minutes. The section taking direct potshots at the Church is longer than that. You might want to adjust your percentages down. That being said, I get where you’re coming from too.

        • Rosemarie

          +J.M.J+

          You’re right. The part that I saw was 98% correct. I can’t speak for the rest.

    • chezami

      So you would say that Paul’s argument to his fellow Jews about the scandal they present to Gentiles–

      But if you call yourself a Jew and rely upon the law and boast of your relation to God 18* and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed in the law, 19 and if you are sure that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20* a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth– 21* you then who teach others, will you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24* For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

      – is a waste of time?

      Sorry, but your argument seems to boil down to “It doesn’t matter that we sin. It just matters that we look good.”

      • King Richard

        The goal of St. Paul was to help and improve his audience so that he could save their souls. The goal of North Korea is to attack and discredit their enemies in the desire to weaken and isolate them. St. Paul was admonishing and educating; North Korea is defaming. By repeating this, Mr. Shea is scandalously repeating defamation, a type of gossip.

  • Jose

    All I can think of is Dennis Rodman

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Did anyone actually watch it?

    I listened to about the first 20 or 25 minutes of it. While it does make an occasional zinging point of truth, most of it is sheer propaganda and some of it outright lies. Their favorite sources are Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky if that tells you anything. Richard Dawkins is quote in the religion section. So yeah, that’s what you’re in for.
    Even a broken clock can be right twice a day, so as I said it does make an occasional good point. But it’s typical communism in the cure being worse than the disease.

    • chezami

      Well, it is *called* “Propaganda” so yeah.

    • Rosemarie

      +J.M.J+

      I watched a lot of it but had to leave for an emergency before finishing the whole thing. I thought the critique of the vapidity and degeneracy of pop culture was right on, though it did contain zings against capitalism and the US that I disagreed with. Capitalism isn’t 100% evil and communism isn’t good.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    One fun bit I particularly enjoyed: 1% of the population controls the majority of the United States’ wealth. The estimated percentage of certifiable psychopaths among the population? 1%! Hmmmm.

  • Imp the Vladaler

    When enemies as evil as the psychopaths who rule NoKo look less and less
    like liars and more and more like diagnosticians, consider the possibility that merely because they are evil does not mean they are blind.

    I dunno. When I find myself in agreement on big issues with evil, murderous psychopaths, my usual response is to say “hmm, maybe I need to reexamine the part where I agree with the evil, murderous psychopaths.” My typical response isn’t to say “preach it, Brother Kim! Give those celebrities who are adopting poor African orphans what-for!”

    But you know, diff’rent strokes…

    • Rosemarie

      +J.M.J+

      Well, if even a blind pig can find a truffle occasionally, then evil, murderous psychopaths might be right sometimes as well (though at this point the film is starting to look like a hoax from NZ, not propaganda from NK).

      Besides, doesn’t the devil love to mix in a lot of truth with his lies in order to make them more appealing and deceptive?

      • Imp the Vladaler

        Sure! A stopped clock is right twice a day.

        It’s also wrong 1,438 times a day.

  • http://chicagoboyz.net/ TMLutas

    Are you sure that you want to stand behind “a disturbingly accurate job of painting your portrait”? I didn’t get past the 25th minute.

    4:40-42 – Pope Benedict speaking
    17:40-25:04 – General blasphemy with an entire anti-Catholic section

    I think perhaps you didn’t actually watch the video.

    • Brian

      Is there a longer version because the one embedded here is just over 12 minutes? Seems that the 12 minutes posted is what Mark was responding to. In any case, that’s all I was responding to above, and frankly, I don’t care who produced it; the depiction and critique of the sewer that is mainstream American pop-culture – a God-knows how many billion dollar industry – is devastatingly accurate. Do you disagree that the 12 minutes embedded above are (1) accurate, (2) shameful, and (3) ought to elicit a nationwide Nineveh-esque level of repentance in sackcloth and ashes?

      • chezami

        I’m beginning to suspect this was the product of some sort of Chomskyite westerner. I just thought this clip was perceptive. Caveat emptor.

        • Rosemarie

          +J.M.J+

          Yeah, after reading the alleged back story I’m starting to wonder, too. “When I was in this foreign country some people I didn’t know (whose names I won’t reveal) walked up to me out of the blue and handed me a DVD which turned out to be an extraordinary piece of North Korean anti-Western propaganda. And despite my “concerns” about it and the likelihood I am being used to disseminate propaganda from a totalitarian regime I posted it on the Internet anyway but that in no way makes me complicit with them really, truly, honestly; besides I have a right to post what I want online so there!”

          Yeah, that totally increases my confidence in the piece and whoever posted it. /sarc

      • http://chicagoboyz.net/ TMLutas

        Yes, click the link and go towards the bottom and you will find a 90+ minute version and a time line identifying major sections. When I saw it had one titled religion, I suspected that it was bad news. It was.

        I didn’t even bother with the 12 minute excerpt. Any praise for the excerpt would be taken as endorsement of the longer work and I thought I might as well just dive directly in.

  • Stephen

    Suspicions about the origins of this seem to be well-founded. I came across this: http://www.3news.co.nz/Mockumentary-sparks-Korean-spy-controversy/tabid/1771/articleID/293690/Default.aspx


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