Who is Kim Yo-jong and Why is Twitter Suddenly Obsessed With Her?
Many people online have suddenly developed a fascination Kim Jong-un’s 32-year-old sister, Kim Yo-jong, as rumors circulate about the North Korean leader’s health after a reported heart operation.
Unverified reports of Kim Jong-un’s health started to surface when he failed to appear at the hermit country’s important “Day of the Sun” holiday which celebrates the birthday of his grandfather Kim Il-sung, the founder and the first dictator of Communist North Korea, on April 15, according to Fox News.
Kim Jong-un was recovering from surgery after his operation on April 12 at a coastal resort, reports The Daily NK, an online news site based in Seoul, South Korea that is run mostly by North Korean defectors.
However, South Korean officials have dismissed the reports of Kim Jong-un’s health being in danger.
“Kim Jong Un is alive and well,” Chung-in Moon, foreign policy adviser to South Korea’s president, said. “He has been staying in the Wonsan area since April 13. No suspicious movements have so far been detected.”
As rumors continue to circulate online, media outlets have now put the spotlight on his sister as the most likely candidate to become the successor.
Who is Kim Yo-jong?
Believed to be born on Sept. 26, 1987, Kim Yo-jong spent most of her childhood at her mother’s Ch’angkwang Hill residence in central Pyongyang along with her two older brothers, according to Biography.
She was then sent to Switzerland to continue her education in 1996 and attended Liebefeld Hessgut public school while living with her aunt and uncle along with a staff of housekeepers and bodyguards. She was later joined by her older brother Kim Jong-un at Liebefeld-Steinhölzli public school where they enrolled under pseudonyms.
Not much is known about her activities after returning to North Korea in 2000 or 2001, but she joined the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) in 2007 before eventually becoming the secretariat of her late father, Kim Jong-il, until his death in 2011.
Kim Yo-jong climbed the ranks during her brother’s rule as she took charge as the first vice-department director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department in 2014. She also became an alternate member of WPK’s politburo, the principal policy-making committee of the country’s communist party.
Kim Yo-jong made a highly publicized appearance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where she joined her brother. She was also present at the two summits with Donald Trump, The Guardian reported.
Memes and Stans
As a result of widespread coverage of Kim Yo-jong, social media users started to stan, or have an overzealous obsession with, the 32-year-old North Korean politician despite the fact that she was placed on a blacklist by U.S. officials in 2017 for “severe human rights abuses” along with other North Korean officials.
Some of the posts created by users compare the North Korean politician to an anime girl, or in this case, a senpai (an upperclassman who usually mentors an underclassman referred to as kohai), Mashable reported.
Fan cams of the North Korean supreme leader’s sister have also popped up.
K-POP group’s ‘DPRK’ lead singer Kim Yo-Jong made her solo debut yesterday! Since then she gained 280B streams on Spotify and 300B more on Apple Music making her the only artist in history to do so! Kim thanks her fans for streaming and she assures them there is more to come! pic.twitter.com/ZDjIAdteFZ
While some people are jumping onboard the Kim Yo-jong hype train, others are strongly pointing out that she is the same as her brother and his predecessors.
Be careful what you wish for when it comes to Kim Jong Un.
Kim Yo Jong is the director of North Korea’s “Propaganda and Agitation” department — the driving force behind the propaganda that promotes her brother as a heroic leader. She’ll be worse. pic.twitter.com/yMTu0igpv4
For those celebrating Kim Yo Jong as some “feminist icon” because she might be the next leader of North Korea:Take time and realize her & her family’s power relies on death camps, firing squads, torture, mass starvation, & a totalitarian state, etc. to hold power. #KimYoJong
people are sitting around calling kim yo jong a queen or a power lesbian and comparing her to azula and making fan cams of her she has been complicit in the oppression, starvation, torture, and state of terror that has been imposed on the north korean people she’s fucking evil
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