Sweden’s female hockey team played a match against ‘Unified Korea’ yesterday, in a historic matchup. The Scandinavian women crushed the Koreans with 8-0, but no one was watching the game in fact.
All mobile phones were taken out as from the moment the North Korean cheerleaders, who commanded more celebrity than the Olympic ice hockey teams the crowds had gathered to support, entered the stadium.
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Although the mostly South Korean supporters asked the Northern cheerleaders dozens of questions, the all-female squad only responded with tight-lipped smiles. Most of the spectators were more interested in snapping selfies or simply standing near the North Koreans than actually engaging with them in fact.
Miss Han Sun-woo, 25-years-old, who watched the game being in between two groups of North Korean cheerleaders, commented: “They’re very old-fashioned. I never experienced the 70s, but I imagine it was like that. I feel bad for them. If this is what they want to show to the world, think about how backward the rest of the people are.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If this isn’t horrific to you, then you know nothing about North Korea’s oppressive cult practices. This is a regime that has sentenced people to work camps for failing to cry loud enough at Kim Jong Il’s funeral. We’re looking at victims, not cheerleaders. <a href="https://t.co/LHD9MKC6Qr">https://t.co/LHD9MKC6Qr</a></p>— Joshua Yasmeh (@JoshYaz) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoshYaz/status/962739308770729984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 11, 2018</a></blockquote>
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She did find something positive as well: “They’re here to cheer the same team as me. It’s like we’re one country, which is what I hope for.”
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Some 60% South Koreans preferred “peaceful coexistence” over the unification of the two countries, according to an opinion poll last week.