K-Pop Is South Korea's Secret War-Preventing Weapon
The world’s newest method of psychological warfare is more horrible than you could ever imagine: it’s K-pop. This new method of war was attempted after North Korea refused to apologize for recent land mine attacks which injured two South Korean soldiers. In retaliation, South Korea began pumping K-Pop music and pro-democracy broadcasts over the border to try to annoy the North Korean government into compliance.
The song of choice? “Bang Bang Bang” by Big Bang.
About 48 speakers at eleven locations on the Southern side of the Korean Demilitarized Zone played the song — along wtih Girls’ Generation’s “Genie” and IU’s “Heart” — and anti-North Korea broadcasts. The music was so loud it could be heard up to 12 miles away. The Northern government then allegedly attempted to retaliate with their own broadcasts. But, the broadcasts were too low quality to understand. This failure in speaker quality then prompted the North Korean government to threaten military action.
Before anything dire happened, the North and South began engaging in marathon talks which ended in an agreement. North Korea finally apologized for their recent attacks while agreeing to stop preparing for warfare, and South Korea will stop pumping Western music and ideals over the border. It sounds like a fair deal?
This isn’t even the first time North and South Korea have engaged in this kind of back and forth. Before 2004, this musical warfare was the norm. Although, the last time something similar to this happened was 2010, when South Korea played girl group 4minute’s song “HuH (Hit Your Heart)” towards the North Korean government. But in 2011, after South Korea installed new speakers, the North threatened Seoul with “a sea of fire,” so the border has been song-free since then.
Who knew? K-Pop can prevent war.