Seoul (AsiaNews) - After the international tensions with
South Korea, the United States and even China, the Stalinist regime of North
Korea faces a new and formidable enemy: Mickey Mouse. After airing a television
show in honor of the new dictator Kim Jong-un, in which Disney characters
appeared, the U.S. major brand has decided to request payment from Pyongyang.
North Korea "has no right to use trademarks without
paying royalties. No one from that country asked us to use our characters in a
public television show, and this is not correct." This is what a spokesman
for the Walt Disney Company said, explaining that "we are studying the
possibility of commercial redress to obtain the amount owed."
The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, third son and heir to
Kim Jong-il, appeared on television alongside Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh
during a concert of the national orchestra aired on state television, which two
days ago showed images of the show held by actors dressed as famous Disney
characters in front of Kim and a group of generals.
In a few moments of the show there were also projected some
images of the movie "Dumbo" and "Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs." Among the costumes on stage there were Mickey, Minnie, Beauty and
the Beast and Snow White. It is, several analysts have noted, a gesture of
openness towards the West: the father and the grandfather of the dictator never
allowed these symbols of "Western decadence and propaganda" to appear
in the country.
According to Jong-un, who also allowed the opening of a
fast-food restaurant and a pizzeria in Pyongyang, "we must take the best
from countries around the world and make it ours, to make sure that it lines up
with our revolution".