In today’s version of The Onion articles coming to life, North Korea decided on September 8th to ban sarcasm. Specifically, Kim Jong-un has forbidden North Korean citizens from making sarcastic comments about him or his totalitarian regime.
In a similar way that Americans are known to jokingly say “Thanks Obama” whenever something bad happens, North Koreans have begun saying “This is all Americas fault” as a sarcastic way of expressing displeasure over actions taken by their government. According to an anonymous source, “This habit of the central authorities of blaming the wrong country when a problem’s cause obviously lies elsewhere has led citizens to mock the party.” Kim Jong-un doesn’t find this type of expression humorous.
Media sources have noted that public acts of dissent towards the government have been on the rise in recent weeks. Anyone that knows anything about how North Korea operates will know that dissent and criticism of the government aren’t tolerated. Although the punishment for sarcastic comments wasn’t publicly revealed, it likely is harsh.