N. Korean Comic Pulled Off Stage, Sent to Coal Mine
Lee Choon Hong mentioned 'sensitive issues' onstage: report
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2013 6:22 PM CDT
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

(Newser) – North Korean authorities weren't laughing over a comedian's "slip of the tongue"—and sent her straight into forced labor, the Daily Mail reports. Lee Choon Hong, known for her mimicry and satire, was performing for workers at a 150,000-acre farm project when she mentioned "sensitive issues," a source told Radio Free Asia. So officials interrupted her show and took her right to a coal mine. Such punishments are typically given to officials and last around 6 months, the source said.

Lee suffered a similar punishment a few years ago, despite having performed in former leader Kim Jong Il's so-called "Entourage of Delight" in the 1980s and '90s, said a former Pyonyang official now living in South Korea. "When people heard Lee’s news, they sympathized with her," he said. "As comic storytelling is there to make people laugh, it must be very difficult to avoid going against the policies of the ruling party."

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HANKHILL
Aug 8, 2013 2:12 PM CDT
this is just what bho wishes he could do to us!
njguy54
Aug 8, 2013 8:57 AM CDT
Humor is, by its very nature, subversive -- one reason why dictators tend not to be big fans. The traditional role of the court jester or "fool" was to entertain the high court while also subtly speaking truth to power. Only the most shrewd and talented jesters could be truly funny without getting their heads chopped off. Sadly, this woman was not among their ranks.
Bartmaeus
Aug 8, 2013 7:59 AM CDT
How superior the American way of life is, such freedom of expression! http://www.prisonplanet.com/14-year-old-faces-year-in-jail-for-wearing-pro-gun-t-shirt.html Is, did I say? How superior it was, till the lefties took control. And the lefties bring us news stories of their ideal state - North Korea? Wonder why! Ah yes, its becaus North Korea as dangerous loose cannon is just what Uncle Sam, Chief Pig in the temple of the NWO, needs to stuff the Asian Pacific region full of its taxpayer-funded military hardware, and keep the little piglets there scared and docile to the wishes of th Chief Pig of the NWO. Hurrah for the duplicitous presstitutes of the Chief Pig of the Fascist NWO.