North Korea’s state-run KCTV network used the popular “birthday dog” Internet meme to criticize Americans’ extravagant lifestyles.
“That is absolutely hilarious,” said Kim Heung-kwang, director of NK Intellectuals Solidarity. “I have heard of cases where DPRK media producers used the wrong pictures on a movie or newspaper, but this is the first time seeing it on the internet.”
Kim added that North Korean TV producers do not have access to the Internet but often have to request that the DPRK’s propaganda department acquire a certain file, photo or video they want to use on their TV shows.
“This incorrectly used image clearly shows the North Korean TV producers’ hardship in getting the right data file for their show,” Kim said.
Today’s World is a North Korean state-run current affairs program broadcast on KCTV irregularly. North Korea has been known to make the current talk program series in which the host presents a certain theme, usually in opposition to the American or South Korean government, and the panel provides data to back up the host’s claim.
In this sense the show was not atypical, emphasizing the gap between the rich and poor in America and criticizing America for exploiting the human rights agenda against North Korea while failing to shelter its own homeless.
The picture of the birthday dog was used when KCTV committee commentator Lee Chung-song pointed out that many American billionaires are buying $15,000 dog collars, paying for dog hotels and spas or even hosting expensive birthday parties while many homeless are living in boxes.
KCTV also used a picture of Giant George, the world’s tallest dog, though this shows no apparent relation to the show’s theme.
“If the TV producers can’t find the data they want to use, it will lead to miscommunication and mistakes like using the wrong meme,” Kim said.
Featured Image: KCTV
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