Why North Korea is Entertaining Crowds with (Unauthorized) Disney
Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters have shown up on stage in North Korea in a concert for leader Kim Jong-un, raising some eyebrows.
Performers dressed as cartoon characters popular in the west were seen dancing on state TV, along with violin players in miniskirts.
Pyongyang has long taken pains to keep popular culture out of its media. This seems to be the first time that Disney characters have been featured in the reclusive state.
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