Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, recently outlawed mullets and other “non-socialist” haircuts, as well as skinny jeans, for fear of the nation collapsing like “a damp wall.”

State-run media The Rodong Sinmun wrote, “History teaches us a crucial lesson that a country can become vulnerable and eventually collapse like a damp wall regardless of its economic and defence power if we do not hold on to our own lifestyle.”

“We must be wary of even the slightest sign of the capitalistic lifestyle and fight to get rid of them,” stated the North Korean news outlet, obtained by the Daily Express.

Along with the mullet, other hairstyles such as spiked or dyed hair have been prohibited in the communist state, with only 15 “proper” cuts permitted.

Ripped jeans, skinny jeans, sloganed T-shirts, and nose and lip piercings are strictly banned under the socialist regime.

For years, North Korea banned icons of international culture, keeping its “decadent” allure at bay.

Officials have continued the ban on popular music, especially K-pop, which originated in South Korea and has since gained worldwide popularity.

Hereunder are a few more bans in the isolated nation, provided by

  • Listening to foreign music or watching movies in a foreign language are both considered illegal. To quell opposition, Kim Jong Un released a decree in 2015 ordering the destruction of all cassette tapes and CDs containing state-banned songs. 
  • It is illegal to make foreign calls. In 2007, a man was killed after making many international calls.
  • Skirts worn by women must cover the knees. Bikinis are strictly prohibited.
  • Religious traditions and literature from the West are prohibited. People who sold Bibles are publicly executed. Jeffrey Fowle, an American, was sentenced to five months in jail in 2014 after leaving his Bible in a restaurant toilet.
  • If you fall asleep in a meeting when Kim is speaking, you may face the death penalty. Hyon Yong-Chol, the North Korean defense minister, was executed with an anti-aircraft gun in front of over 100 people in 2015 for falling asleep during one of Kim Jong Un’s activities.


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