Bringing Out The Big Guns
South Korean newspapers are reporting that the country’s Defense Ministry is considering using songs and music videos by various girl groups in its psychological warfare scheme against North Korea.
Ever since a fact-finding panel concluded that a North Korean torpedo sank the South Korean ship Cheonan last month, the government has threatened to set up loudspeakers along the border and blast propaganda broadcasts at its northern neighbor.
When North Korea reacted with a threat to turn South Korea into a “sea of fire,” some in the Defense Department decided to change their tack.
Using K-pop artists would be a softer kind of propaganda, and there are many girl groups to choose from: Girls Generation, Wonder Girls, After School, Kara, and 4minute.
Though the Defense Ministry has not explained why such broadcasts would be utilized, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper speculated that “the revealing outfits worn by the performers and their provocative dances could have a considerable impact on North Korean soldiers.”
According to Bloomberg news service, South Korea has already broadcast one pop song by 4minute called “Huh,” in which the lyrics “extol freedom of choice.”