After their performance in North Korea, it seems that South Korean artists, notably SM Entertainment's girl group Red Velvet, have done the impossible. They showed North Korea what K-Pop culture is and opened a new world for the people of their neighboring country.
But more importantly, netizens and fans have been talking about how Red Velvet was met with a surprisingly energetic and positive response from not just the audience but also from Kim JongUn, the hermit kingdom's leader, himself. It was also reported by the South Korean media that Kim JongUn was very much interested in watching Red Velvet's performance. He was seen applauding with great enthusiasm and expressing curiosity over the lyrics of 'Bad Boy'.
Mr. Kim personally requested to meet the members and shake hands with them as well. During their encounter, he told the members that he would be able to attend only one of their concert due to a busy schedule while also thanking them for visiting.
While we are very much used to seeing Kim JongUn portrayed as the ruthless leader of North Korea, we were able to see a different side of him. Of course, it doesn't change how things are in reality, but it does seem like there's hope for diplomacy. An intimidating political figure holding absolute power one moment and a normal K-Pop fan in another, Red Velvet was able to bring out the softer side of someone who has always been considered to be a worldwide threat.
Will Red Velvet's success in North Korea open doors for something greater? Can K-Pop really be used for diplomacy? Feel free to share your thoughts!
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