Published on September 6th, 2005
North Korea’s Reality TV
Television cameramen in North Korea recently took their cameras out into the streets and began filming people. They went to a store, a bus stop, a restaurant, and a sports stadium.
What were they looking for?
They were taking pictures of men with hair more than five centimeters (about two inches) long. Those with longer hair were shown on television as bad examples.
The government of North Korea controls the everyday life of its people. The government’s television series, called “Let Us Trim Our Hair in Accordance with Socialist Lifestyle,” was an effort to control men’s hair. (“Socialist” refers to the type of government that controls North Korea.) North Korean government officials said long hair takes energy away from the brain. However, women are allowed to have long hair. (Sources include: BBC News)