North Koreans grieve loss of Dear Leader (Updated!)


64 Responses to “North Koreans grieve loss of Dear Leader (Updated!)”

  1. gerardwhelan says:

    i predict 1000 gifs/meme-interpretations by dark

    • cdh1971 says:

      I was into Dear Leader before it was kewl.

    • cdh1971 says:

      I think that I shall never see a boy as brave as Kim jong

      Hunger and thirst and fear and pain.

      He lived because his heart had aim!

      A horse, as black as night to day; a feast of God with whom
      he did stay.

      They slept in the sand and played in the ocean and rode over
      the island in a singular motion.

      And now here he sits, a hero among boys,

      with the love of a horse, much more than mere toys!

  2. Mitchell Glaser says:

    They are paid to do this: they get one grain of rice for every teardrop.

  3. benher says:

    I don’t know about you, but at our house we celebrated by eating Korean BBQ!
    So long dear leader, and thanks for all the Hennessy!

  4. igpajo says:

    There’s just something I find kind of scary about seeing people standing in formation to grieve hysterically.  

  5. Tommy Timefishblue says:

    Don’t be sad! He’s in a better place now (somewhere that isn’t North Korea).

  6. Early trials of the Killer Joke showed only 1% effectiveness  in Pyong-Yang today.

  7. Ipo says:

    I’ve seen 3 year olds fake crying more realistically. 

    What a strange, strange culture where this is seen as acceptible, even appropriate behavior. 

    On the other hand side, they pretty much act out what I feel when I see Egyptian government thugs beat women to pulp and breaking their rib cages by stomping on their chests. 

  8. inness says:

    A sincere outpouring of emotion, as seen in U.S. evangelical churches each and every Sunday. The emotional and mental malleability of human beings is so depressing. Won’t someone, anyone, give them some candy?! Sweet, sweet candy, clearly needed.

    • Lemoutan says:

      It doesn’t actually have to be sincere, in any ‘internal’ sense. It’s simply a piece of performance. Professional mourners abound in many cultures, they’re paid to do it. Some states have simply removed the payment aspect and made it a social event. Other states abandon the practice entirely, at an official level, but will tolerate it as an expected, condoned, display of public hero (or heroine) worship. Yet others will prohibit it completely – but there aren’t too many of those around.

      • Layne says:

        I had read about the same hysterics in regards to the death of Kim’s father, Kim Il Sung. 
        Most NK communities have party officials and officers (who may or may not be known) that report on anyone who might seem to be less than enthusiastic about the ‘Dear Leader’, or thinking about fleeing to China or the south. You really don’t want to be reported since it typically involves persecution, forced camp internment, and a pretty lasting stain on your family’s reputation. So when the leader of your paranoid, tyrannical state dies, then you better not be the one who’s noticeably crying less than everyone else. 

    • Guest says:

      That is a fair observation.  Evangelical sects in South Korea often demonstrate the same sort of hysteria and are too often the corrupt, miniature domains of the preacher-types that rule them (sole-ownership and tax-exempt).  The fact that the current president of South Korea belongs to an evangelical sect speaks to how common this circumstance is there.

    • That guy over there says:

      Looking at brainwashed North Koreans mass theatrically sobbing for fallen leader makes you shake your head don’t it?

      (Source: )

  9. kP says:

    This is much more fulfilling than the usual 2 minutes of hate, and we get to go outside, too! And besides, we won’t be sad for too long, I mean, how could we, in this utopia?

  10. inness says:

    The ones bent over facepalming with sadness have the technique down pat. Maximum payout (soup) for minimal effort.

  11. Brood-X says:

    Their crying only because they’re freezing their asses off.

    • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

      They are crying because they know the sh*t is going to hit the fan now.  You rarely get nice smooth transitions in dictatorships.

  12. MrMarieBlanc says:

    @ 00:16, sounds like the guy says “Oh mon dieu” to me, ha

  13. Rajeev Dhar says:

    It is kind of hard for me to watch these people crying and find humor in it. From accounts of those who have escaped, they have been conditioned their entire lived to believe he is a god on Earth. Their pain is likely very genuine. 

  14. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    I suspect there was someone with a clip board checking off their names as they showed up.  “Hmm, Mr Kim wasn’t here.  Interesting…”

  15. Those are the rich N Koreans.

    You can tell cause they own a coat AND shoes

  16. DMStone says:

    The North Koreans never competed for Lord Stanley’s cup. Perhaps the headline is referencing the mourning of its theft in the 70′s.

  17. skyhawk1 says:

    Get ready for the N. Korea Civil War.

  18. random says:

    Failure to demonstrate sufficient grief at the passing of Dear Leader is probably a capital offence there.

  19. Jay says:

    Close your eyes and listen to it. Sounds like a room filled with turkeys.

  20. Chris Merkel says:

    Yet, in that outpouring of spontaneous grief, they manage to make such well spaced and orderly lines.

  21. Mike Baker says:

    I thought much of it sounded like this:

  22. Andy Simmons says:

    I must have missed something.  Did they just finally get the final season of Lost over there?

  23. emojk says:

    It’s so genuine it affected a lot of other people, too:

  24. BDiamond says:

    Close order fawning about. “Cry two three four! Sob two three four!”

  25. Brainspore says:

    Dang, they even weep in choreographed unison. If the country doesn’t manage a peaceful transition of power they’ll be the only place on earth overrun by rioters who never break formation.

  26. franko says:


  27. Craig McLean says:

    Oh how we laugh at the suppressed and corralled.. Those with a gun to their heads are judged here for making laughable TV, while scant comment is passed on how much more real are our TV debates, our press releases, and our faux grief (at the passing of British princesses?)

    This kind of back-slapping, self-congratulatory dick waving is beneath boingboing. Or at least, it should be.

    • Brainspore says:

      Those with a gun to their heads are judged here for making laughable TV, while scant comment is passed on how much more real are our TV debates…

      I’m not sure where you’re writing from but mocking TV debates is a national pastime in the U.S.. In fact they’re the main reason Saturday Night Live tends to produce a few minutes of funny material every four years or so.

  28. bargainoutlet says:

    Poor brainwashed citizens of N. Korea. Their undeserved affection is almost akin to Stockholm Syndrome.

  29. Rich Keller says:

    The Three Minute Sob is the new Two Minute Hate.

  30. oldjove says:

    If you were in their place, wouldn’t you take the opportunity to have a good cry?

  31. Navin_Johnson says:

    Sad John Boehner (and friends) approve.

  32. nesnora says:

    More propaganda, as always. Not that it’s all fake, based on what they’re educated to believe. It’s a level of brain-washing we can’t comprehend in our world.

    I suggest reading “The Cleanest Race” by B.R. Myers— he got his PhD in North Korean Studies in Germany (who knew there was a degree program for this), and has been to NK quite a bit.

  33. tristian o'brien says:

    he was sooo lonely

  34. thequickbrownfox says:

    Remember the  Solzhenitsyn anecdote?Secret police ready to arrest the first person who STOPS crying.

  35. thezarray says:

    Here’s a video I made (currently uploading). I can’t tell if I’m jaded or just a bad person at heart.

    • Brainspore says:

      You, sir or madam, are one sick little Monkee. Nicely played.

      • thezarray says:

        I think I’ll need a lot of booze and opiates but I was thinking of cutting one to something terrible like Creed, Winger, or (shudder) Nickleback. Ok not the last one that’s TOO terrible for me

  36. Laugh tracks make everything better:

  37. bkeybox says:

    Reminds me of the first monolith scene in 2001:

  38. schadenfreudisch says:

    i do believe there is genuine emotion there.  just not sure what it is.  i also find it interesting that the mourners never touch each other.  no hugs.  no comforting hand on a shoulder.  i was hugging everyone on 9/12/01. cultural, or someone just forgot to put it in the instructions?

    … this “comment” sat on my screen for two days because i didn’t see the the “post” button.  PRK plot?

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