Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel joined the latest media craze of fawning over all-things-North Korea at the Winter Olympics. Kimmel praised North Korea’s red-clad cheerleaders, calling them the real “stars” of the Olympic games with their “catchy” cheers and synchronized movements.
“These women are cheering like their lives depended on it — because they do, they literally do,” laughed Kimmel, before leading the audience in a mock imitation of the cheerleaders.
For such an outspoken champion of compassion — who recently complained that America has become a cruel country — Kimmel’s glib attitude toward the real horrors behind the North Korean curtain seems a tad hypocritical, to say the least.
Here’s the real reason they’re “smiling”
On the show today, Glenn shared one of the stories behind those smiles. More than ten years ago, the North Korean cheerleaders charmed the people of South Korea when they accompanied the North Korean athletes to the Busan Asian Games. Sadly, 21 of the young women ended up in a detention camp upon their return to North Korea for the crime of speaking about what they saw in South Korea. They are still imprisoned today.
After a 2005 performance, 21 members of North Korea's cheer squad were sent to a prison camp for speaking about what they saw in South Korea pic.twitter.com/SdgYfCtktW
— VICE News (@vicenews) February 12, 2018
Watch the video clip at the top of the page to get Glenn’s take on the mainstream media’s strange obsession with glorifying the North Korean dictatorial regime.