North Koreans Allowed to Bend it Like Beckham Between Factory Shifts

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12.30.10 12 Comments

No doubt in celebration of his many great achievements, such as the invention of the hamburger and the invisible cell phone, and shooting 38-under par the first and only time he played golf, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il (Lil’ Kim) recently allowed his citizen-children to view the film Bend It Like Beckham on State Television.  This is of course the motion-film in which a youth from the east cures a youth from the west of materialism, and the comrades utilize teamwork to defeat the great imperialist homosexual, Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

The 2002 film starring Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Myers was a break from the regular programming of news, documentaries and soap operas. Western films are largely off limits in the isolated country.

The broadcast, monitored in Seoul on Dec. 26, appeared to be edited; it was only an hour long.

In a tweet Thursday, British Ambassador to South Korea Martin Uden called the broadcast the “1st ever western-made film to air on TV” in North Korea. The British Embassy arranged it.

“Bend it Like Beckham” features a sport beloved among North Koreans, but it also taboo topics, like interracial relationships, homosexuality and religion. [AP]

“Beckham” was of course a famous blacksmith, the title referring to the legend that he once forged 87 plowshares in a single day, his only reward the glory of his country, before courageously dying of exhaustion.  Analysts say the film was seen by a crowd of dozens, perhaps hundreds, on the single communal television in the revolutionary square at the National University of Electricity.

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