A North Korean cheerleader was reportedly caught on camera clapping for the Americans at the Winter Olympics, at least until the girl sitting next to her made her knock it off, multiple news outlets revealed.
When North Korean figure skaters Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sok took the ice, the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s “army of beauties” went wild, cheering, clapping excitedly, and waving flags, but their bright smiles faded when American skaters husband and wife Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim started their performance.
With stoic and dispassionate expressions, the cheerleaders watched. One lone cheerleader, however, was caught accidentally clapping for the American athletes. Apparently not paying attention, she quickly stopped after another woman warned her.
North Korea sent a massive cheer squad with more than two hundred cheerleaders to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The women are reportedly chosen for their good looks and unfailing loyalty to the North Korean regime.
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It is difficult to know how the regime might respond to what appeared to be an accident. It is unclear if such a mistake is a punishable offense.
North Korea sent 21 cheerleaders to prison in 2005 for talking about what they saw in South Korea after they returned from the Asian Athletics Championships. One of the cheerleaders who visited South Korea for that performance was the current wife of Kim Jong Un, Ri Sol Ju.
Despite the enthusiastic cheering from the North Korean women, the performances by North Korean athletes have been rather unimpressive.
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