The sister of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has been dubbed the Ivanka Trump of North Korea. CNN even went as far as to say Kim Yo-jong was "stealing the show" at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
Social media critics have called out the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/10/asia/kim-sister-olympics/index.html">CNN article</a> saying Ms. Kim "struck a chord with the public" and "a foil to the perception of North Korea as antiquated and militaristic."
The article continues its white-washed version of the dictatorship saying, "If 'diplomatic dance' were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong-un’s younger sister would be favored to win gold."
"With a smile, a handshake and a warm message in South Korea’s presidential guest book, Kim Yo-jong has struck a chord with the public just one day into the Pyeongchang Games."
In reality, Ms. Kim is a powerful member of her brother's ruthless regime. According to a former Korean analyst at the CIA, Sue Mi Terry, Yo-jong poses as a "compelling saleswoman".
Kim Yo-jong's public profile has been rising since 2014 and experts say her appearance at the Winter Olympic games is Kim Jong-un's answer to the expected attendance of Ivanka Trump.
President Trump's daughter is expected to appear at the closing ceremony.
A professor at Georgetown University and founder of the National Committee on North Korea named Balbina Hwang said to CNN, "She’s probably one of the most influential people on Kim Jong-un himself, precisely because he has very few people he can trust."
"Kim Yo-jong is the perfect counterpart to this [Ivanka Trump’s visit]. And it also is a signal that North Korea is not this crazy, weird former Cold War state — but it too has young women that are capable and are the future leadership."
Critics on social media were quick to criticize the overlooking of the human rights violations committed by North Korea and her role in the powerful regime. Some said CNN "lost their mind" by suggesting she was "stealing the show".
"She’s literally the deputy director of the "Propaganda and Agitation Department" for one of the world’s most repressive regimes," Jesse Lehrich said on Twitter.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KimYoJong?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KimYoJong</a> is no Ivanka Trump. She doesn't come close & for WaPo to make such a comparison shows how out of touch they are with our democracy. Another win for President Trump who has the liberal MSM going crazy. He said he wld expose & drain the swamp. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NorthKorea?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NorthKorea</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KimJongUn?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KimJongUn</a> <a href="https://t.co/LQxNKClFHa">pic.twitter.com/LQxNKClFHa</a></p>— robjh1 (@robjh1) <a href="https://twitter.com/robjh1/status/962526535247958017?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 11, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation Garry Kasparov tweeted, "Someone tell @CNN that their site has been hacked by the North Korean propaganda ministry."
"Have you lost your damn mind? Idolising & making Kim Yo Jong seem like an incredible, amazing person. Shame on you for spotlighting this demon," another user said.
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