I read this story in the NYTimes today on how the South Korean president went to go visit North Korea, and what I don’t understand is Kim Il-Jong’s outfit. Whenever you see him, he’s always in that drab, poo-colored track suit. It’s kind of like when Will Smith was on the 9/11 fundraiser in like his nicest jogging outfit. Is there some kind of tactical point behind the wardrobe choice? Seriously, you’re a world dictator, you can wear whatever you want, so why do you dress like a UPS delivery foreman? At very least, I really think you should get one formal outfit for events covered by the international press. I mean, North Korea is famous for kidnapping folks. Why not kidnap Christian Dior or Alexander McQueen? If I were a world dictator, dude, I would be dressed in BCBG and Prada all the time, byatches. (That last word is not really my style, but I felt the soul of Britney Spears possess me temporarily.)
Or if you’re crazy, as Kim Il Jong clearly is (Proof: When you Google Image search the word “Korean monkey,” his image comes up.), dress the part. Like dress like Bai Ling at a premiere or Zelda Fitzgerald. Some item like a bedazzled, denim bolero jacket, a tutu, a surprising choice of a metallic tank top to me would be a clothing choice that really Now says I’m a crazy North Korean dictator.
Apparently, the two dudes are meeting to talk reunification, which they like to do periodically. My dad always gets furious and says is a waste of time and that South Koreans should grow up and give up the ghost. He kind of works himself up into a froth. The only other topic that sets him off more is Korean Christians (the intensely-nationalistic-characte-of-Koreans-from-Korea-and-the-Starbucks-capitalism-approach-of-Christian- recruitment of us savages combo make them a little…aggressive.) and my laughing in public–which happens often, so we have to go mano a mano in those moments. It consists of him shooting me a dirty look and me rolling my eyes.
But back to Kim Il-Jong, because I don’t want to be completely negative. Here’s the one plus–at least he left those sunglasses at home.