In America making an adult movie can get you rich, but in North Korea it can get you killed. And even being the former lover of the most powerful man in the country won’t save you.
A popular North Korean singer — and Kim Jong Un’s former flame — was among a dozen performers executed by a firing squad last week, reports said Wednesday.
Hyon Song-wol, a well-known pop artist and longtime girlfriend of the dictator, was gunned down with the group of songsters on Aug. 20 — three days after they were arrested for allegedly breaking “adult content” laws, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo reported.
The victims, members of well-known bands in the country, were accused of videotaping themselves having sex and selling the tapes, the paper reported.
One source told the newspaper that some of the victims were clutching Bibles as they were killed in front of their loved ones — who were then ordered to live in the country’s notorious prison camps after they were found guilty by association.
“They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on,” the source said.
Kim, the mysterious twenty-something leader of the totalitarian country racked with starvation, allegedly met Hyon when they were teenagers. But his father, Kim Jong Il, never approved of their relationship and ordered his son to break it off.
Hyon — whose songs included the titles “Footsteps of Soldiers” and “I Love Pyongyang” — reportedly married a soldier and had a child in 2006, but rumors suggested she carried on an affair with Kim.
SMH. Is it really that serious??? Our prayers definitely go out to the families of these folks. And shame on ol’ boy! She couldn’t get a pardon or something after all that good loving she gave him?