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North Korea: Male University Students Required To Get Kim Jong-un Haircuts 110

Posted by samzenpus
from the I'll-get-an-un dept.
An anonymous reader writes in with one more reason not to accept that full-ride scholarship to a North Korea University. "Male university students in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, it is reported. The state-sanctioned guideline was introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago, Radio Free Asia reports. It is now being rolled out across the country - although some people have expressed reservations about getting the look. 'Our leader's haircut is very particular, if you will,' one source tells Radio Free Asia. 'It doesn't always go with everyone since everyone has different face and head shapes.' Meanwhile, a North Korean now living in China says the look is actually unpopular at home because people think it resembles Chinese smugglers. 'Until the mid-2000s, we called it the "Chinese smuggler haircut",' the Korea Times reports."
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North Korea: Male University Students Required To Get Kim Jong-un Haircuts

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  • Debunked. (Score:5, Informative)

    by oneiros27 (46144) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @08:09PM (#46598465) Homepage

    The good news about being late to post stories (that aren't for nerds and don't matter), is that they've already been debunked:

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com... [theglobeandmail.com]

    • Interesting link. wow, the truth is almost more intense than the fictuion..
    • Re:Debunked. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by desertfool (21262) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @08:28PM (#46598643) Homepage

      Kind of sad what Slashdot has become. When CNN is already reporting this as a fake, for it to appear here is a joke.

      • by Nrrqshrr (1879148)
        Maybe this is the point? Maybe it was accepted as a form of irony, of self-criticism? Maybe the editors realized that the process of filtering and reviewing submissions lost so much of it's quality that, in a wake-up call, /. editors decided to accept the crappiest of fake stories and front page it anyway. Maybe this story is supposed to be the epitome of what plagued /. for so long now... News that doesn't matter. News that's not for nerds.

        Or maybe they'r just lazy fucks.
      • Hey. I hadn't seen this episode yet brother.

        And it's not a fake until our hive says it's a fake.

        News happens, our lessers comment on it, and then and only then, we release a quasi-official opinion.

    • Re:Debunked. (Score:5, Informative)

      by LordLucless (582312) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @08:31PM (#46598669)

      That article's a strawman - it's debunking a claim that nobody made.

      North Korea has a restricted number of haircuts that barbers are allowed to perform - 10 for men, and 18 for women. That's not in doubt, that article even referenced the fact.

      The new claim was that the number of allowed haircuts for men was being reduced to 1. That doesn't mean the everyone in the country had to rush out and get their hair cut, it means that the next time they get their haircut, they will be forced to take a Kim Jong-un cut.

      So the fact that a bunch of visitors haven't seen a sudden growth in Jong-un-style haircuts neither proves nor disproves the original claim.

      • by AK Marc (707885)

        So the fact that a bunch of visitors haven't seen a sudden growth in Jong-un-style haircuts neither proves nor disproves the original claim.

        So visitors watching men walking out of a barber shop with 1 of the 10 (and not a Jong-un-style) doesn't debunk the original claim?

      • Re:Debunked. (Score:5, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 27, 2014 @08:57PM (#46598833)

        That's not in doubt, that article even referenced the fact.

        Yeah it references it by saying:

        And photos of suggested hairstyles posted outside women’s hair salons — the kind of photos a customer points at to speed up the explanation process — are regularly depicted by foreign media as showing the only sanctioned styles North Korean women can choose from.

        Not true. But don’t tell that to the Internet.

        Emphasis added.

    • ...which sets forth new regulations for the proper appearance of new brides. [turner.com]
    • by PopeRatzo (965947) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @10:58PM (#46599557) Homepage Journal

      Too bad it's not true, because chicks dig that haircut.

      I understand Jong-un is a real pussy magnet. At least that's what Dennis Rodman says.

      • by Anonymous Coward
        Lots of women find themselves suddenly attracted to men who can have them imprisoned or killed if they act disinterested.
    • from the Globe and Mail article:

      The campaign claimed long hair hampers brain activity by taking oxygen away from nerves in the head. It didn’t explain why women were allowed to grow long hair.

      Someone has a good understanding of biology :-)

  • by Anonymous Coward

    ...at least it's not a mullet

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      ...at least it's not a mullet

      Mullets are cool. Kim Jong-un's haircut is just crap.

      • Billy Ray, though you've been a stranger lately lest folks connect you with Miley, it is good to see you back at the keyboard.
  • by Todd Palin (1402501) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @08:15PM (#46598525)
    I'm glad to hear they still have universities, or is that not true either?
    • I can believe they have universities, the buildings at least, but I'm a little suspicious about the whole "student" thing.
      • by luckymutt (996573)
        Could be why the visitors in the article "debunking" the original haircut story didn't see anyone with that cut. It's a law, by one that applies to no one.
      • University of Potemkin, Class of 2014! WOO!

    • by hey! (33014)

      Remember the Monty Python "Dennis Moore" sketch? Well North Korea did it for real. Under the Songbun [wikipedia.org] system turned the old system of hereditary aristocracy on its head, producing ... another hereditary aristocracy.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Hal_Porter (817932)

        Stalinist Communism is a really bizarre piece of double think.

        Before the revolution you have evil aristocrats ruling over a mass of brutalised serfs.

        Post revolution you have quite a New Class/Songbun which de facto aristocracy ruling over workers working on collective farms. And workers on collective farms have no right to change jobs, so their status is much more serf-like than it was pre revolution.

        Just to make it even more Orwellian the pre revolutionary system wasn't actually like this. E.g. before the

    • by istartedi (132515)

      Yep, they even have Internet with unrestricted access... to 127.0.0.1.

      • The official North Korean news website is: Naenara. [naenara.com.kp] It's quite interesting in a way. It reminds me of news services from China or the USSR in the height of the cold war.

        • They have a posters gallery, but no order option? They could make a fortune off of edgy teenagers and Free Software advocates.
      • by operagost (62405)
        HEY! That's my IP address!
  • by beernutmark (1274132) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @08:19PM (#46598571)
    I think it's just North Korea getting back at us for all The Onion stories they have fallen for.
  • by koan (80826)

    It's North Korea who cares.

  • I can't determine with any confidence if they're actually serious or not.

  • And coming on tomorrow's /. news feed will be an article on Andrew Wakefield's new research discovery linking autism and vaccination...
  • Smuggling and the black market are the only thing keeping North Koreans alive.

    -jcr

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Our leader's haircut is very particular !
    Sure that's because their leader's ass and face look the same.
    Wonder what unlucky soul gets the job to pick which side is actually the face?

  • by Smerta (1855348) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @09:59PM (#46599207)

    ..."we called it the "Chinese smuggler haircut"

    So I guess the "murdering dictator haircut" is in good company.

  • Come on, it was a hoax [huffingtonpost.com]
    • Re:Hoax (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Opportunist (166417) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @11:25PM (#46599661)

      But a good one, it was not SO far out that it was easily debunked.

      Then again, creating a believable hoax around NK is like shooting fish in a barrel.

      • by manu0601 (2221348)
        Indeed, since we do not have many real information from the country. Most of what we hear is propaganda from North Korea government, and imagination from western journalists.
  • Until the mid-2000s

    Oh shit, they've got time travel!

  • Could the Dear leader be wrong?

    After all, haircut #7 looks better. But objectively speaking, my subjective meaning might not matter.

    PS: I guess all responses should hence forth be sent me C/O camp #14.

  • The Qing Dynasty actually did require males to have the same haircut. China, not Korea, but ideas can spread across borders, even North Korea's
  • I long for days of old when I could rock the KJU cut! .. in theory.
  • The amount of disinformation is astounding.
  • ... that DPRK isn't being run by Nikita Khrushchev.

    In Soviet Russia, head (of state) shaves you!

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