Proving yet again that our sports and entertainment are not safe from political interference, Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-Jong has been at the center of media coverage since the games kicked off Friday evening. The Olympic Games have provided a look at North Korea and their leaders that we have not seen before. With this comes the task of truthfully covering a regime that is responsible for the murder and starvation of their own citizens. For some journalists, this has proved to be too difficult as the media has both glamorized and humanized Kim Kim Yo-Jong, one of the closest individuals to the Supreme Leader of North Korea.
CNN published an article on Saturday afternoon titled, “Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics.” While the avoidance of covering the appearance of Kim Yo-Jong at the Winter Olympics is simply not feasible, the article went beyond coverage and took the chance to make a member of a murderous regime look less daunting than she actually is. To begin with, the phrase “stealing the show” in the article’s title suggests someone doing something that should put them in the spotlight. Should we really be giving a Dictator’s sister the attention we know they want?
The article begins with describing Kim’s “smile, handshake,” and “warm message in South Korea’s presidential guest book.” The word “smile” suggests a happy and friendly individual, not a leader in a regime where 41% of the population is undernourished. Further, the idea of a “warm message” does not indicate the sister and one of the closest individuals to the leader of a nation that starves his people to pay for nuclear weapons and runs gulags that are said to be “as terrible, or worse, than Nazi camps.” Humanizing any member of this regime and presenting them to be a courteous person is erasing the crimes they have committed against their people and our own.