At the winter Olympics in South Korea, North Korea sent not only athletes from the DPRK, but also a support group – girls cheerleaders. These are not random people: the government of the country specially selected them.
As the Washington Post notes , “excessive” choreography and songs of cheerleaders became a hallmark of “North Korean propaganda”. The New York Times stressed that in this way the DPRK seeks to show “the strength, confidence and stability of the regime,” and also affect the image of the country. “It seems that the trick Kim Jong-un is working on,” concluded the columnist of the publication.
At the competitions on the short track cheerleaders from North Korea sang a song with a chorus with a refrain “Nice to meet you”. This composition is usually performed during cultural exchanges involving South and North Koreans
North Korean cheering squad is a well polished hype machine, getting a good reception from the crowd at short track speed skating pic.twitter.com/QWfXQsayz3
— Kim Brunhuber (@kimbrunhuber) 10 February 2018
And cheerleaders were ill during the hockey match against Switzerland. The combined team of Korea lost the meeting with a score of 0: 8, but the cheerleaders did not seem to upset it. The correspondent of the “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” wrote that they shouted “Korea is one!”, “Forward, we will win!”.
At the women’s ice hockey at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, North Koreans cheer: Go for it, go for it, our players, go for it! pic.twitter.com/ELTt4T7VXn
— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) 10 February 2018
— Thomas Schuurman (@ThomasSchuurman) 10 February 2018
Another song performed by cheerleaders from North Korea is called “Spring in My Hometown.” The composition takes roots from fighters for the liberation of Korea, who fled to Manchuria and China during the Japanese occupation.
This is one of the wildest things I have ever witnessed with my own two eyes!! A North Korean cheer sqaud at the Olympics 😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/ijJysVGLXf
— Matt Stopera (@mattstopera) 10 February 2018