On May 24th, President Lee Myung Bak of South Korea addressed the nation over the sinking of the Cheonan and vowed retaliatory action against North Korea after investigations showed that they were responsible.
The retaliatory actions outlined will not be an all-out war on their neighbours up north but through economic sanctions and the resuming of psychological warfare along the border. So what has this got to do with K-pop and 4minute?
From an excerpt of a report written by Bomi Lee @ Bloomberg,
“South Korea broadcast a pop song extolling freedom of choice and a warning on the dangers of overeating into North Korea, ending a six-year moratorium on propaganda in retaliation for the sinking of a warship…
The propaganda broadcast made on FM radio began at 6 p.m. local time yesterday when a woman anchor announced what she called the “voice of freedom.” North Korean listeners were regaled with a song by a South Korean girl band, Four Minute.
In the tune, “Huh,” the band sings: “When I say I want to appear on TV, when I say I want to become prettier, everybody says I can’t do it. Baby, you’re kidding me? I do as I please…”
The South Korean government is using the lyrics off 4minute’s latest hit song, Huh to take a dig at the regulated North Korean regime, by saying that you can’t do anything in North Korea as you wish and that there’s no freedom at all. But in South Korea, you can do as you please without being controlled (somewhat).