Friday, October 27, 2006

Extreme Comedy In North Korea

Mads Bruegger, a Danish journalist and mad prankster working for Denmark's public television, pulled the ultimate prank on the Stalinist regime of North Korea by telling the commies that he and two South Korea-born Danes, Simon Jul and Jacob Nossel, were part of a left-wing theatre troupe that supported wacky evil dictator Kim Jong Il and wished to visit as part of a cultural exchange.

In a sort of "Borat Meets Kim" mockumentary production, Bruegger and his pals appeared on North Korean TV, marched in an anti-U.S. parade in Pyongyang, and praised the North Korean missile tests. Bruegger told the dimwitted commies that Denmark should follow North Korea's example and "test fire missiles to defend our strong Danish culture."

The mockumentary will be broadcast on Danish TV Channel DR2 in four parts beginning December 1st. You can almost see the North Koreans slapping their hands on their heads now. Hopefully, Kim will have somebody shot for this. Somebody big.

In one clip, the Danish jesters proudly presented a North Korean official with a pizza shovel as a gift to Our Dear Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il. Said Bruegger, "No one grasped the thick irony and satire. I believe we only survived because fifty years of mind control has wiped out any sense of irony and satire." Nobody in North Korea caught on. Nobody called their bluff. They got away with the joke completely.

It wasn't all laughs and giggles. When they were placed in front of the parade, it got a little hairy. Said Bruegger, "It's a parade leading up to a missile launch. It's a direct message to the US. We were told it's a "peace march" but the rhetoric is "Kill, murder, smash!" and for some reason they put Jacob and I in the front of this marching legion of workers. So in a way they've used us for their own propaganda. You could see us on TV that evening.
Being there was one of the scariest situations I've ever been in. N├╝rnberg in Nazi Germany was like Roskilde Festival compared with that. But the scene is important because Jacob Nossel gets scared and starts shouting, "I want to go home, I'm scared"... I try to calm him and the interpretor is asking "What's happening, what is he saying?" and I say "He's very happy, but tired." And I think it's a scene that tells a lot about the society."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

absolutely hilarious, but your actions might cause the DPRK to sink deeper into its isolated hole and cause stricter enforcement for those who genuinely would like to experience the country. Less than 2000 "westerners" visit the country annually as it is!
ps. have a blissful and beautiful day!!!

Wed Nov 29, 07:59:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think its irresponsible to do such a project as north korean people involved in that project might got punished for taking part. so its just really stupid and arrogant to make fun of people and country by risking the life of innocent people.
despite that projects like these make it impossible for other documentaries to be shot there. how stupid can you be????

Wed Apr 25, 03:18:00 AM 2007  
Blogger Tantor said...

I think it's irresponsible to enslave an entire population in a tyranny like North Korea. Kim Jong Il and his goons richly deserve ridicule. The sooner such ridicule makes him an object of scorn around the world and within North Korea, the sooner he will be deposed and the risk to the lives of North Koreans will be removed. It is evil, despicable, and contemptible rule of Kim Jong Il which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to shoot documentaries in North Korea, not the documentarians who make sport of that heavy-handed rule.

To answer your question as to how stupid can you be: Appeasing dictators in the hopes things will get better rather than using every means to bring them down.

Wed Apr 25, 08:56:00 AM 2007  
Anonymous Nicholai said...

I agree with tantor on this one. The people that a bitching about this project are mind warped pussies.

Sat Oct 20, 05:04:00 PM 2007  

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