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If you’ve been following the Olympics this year, you might have picked up on the fact that the North Koreans are there (and it’s kind of a big deal). The South has been very welcoming to their northern neighbours, even merging their teams and walking into the Opening Ceremonies together. In a historic moment, Kim Jong Un’s sister even shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. To mark the importance of the whole occasion, NK also sent over their “Army of Beauties” (A.K.A. their cheer squad) and people are a little … uncomfortable.

The squad consists of 230 women who were selected for their “natural beauty” and patriotism. They are so in sync, it’s a little terrifying but that’s nothing compared to what happens if they’re out of sync. According to Business Insider reporting, if these women fall out of step, they could end up in prison. That’s led to some pretty creepy visuals around the Games.

The ladies also do an interesting routine using paper masks of a young man’s face. News outlets are speculating that the picture is of a young Kim Il-sung, North Korea’s first leader, “Eternal President” and grandfather of Kim Jong Un. That’s sparked it’s own little controversy with critics in the South accusing the North of using the Olympics to spread propaganda. The North insists the photos on the masks are just a “good-looking man.”

Kim Il-sung or not, people at the games are finding the cheerleaders unnerving. They don’t just cheer in perfect synchronicity, they also wear matching clothing even when they’re not at events, walk in perfect step and live aboard a ferry when they’re not performing to prevent them from learning too much about life outside North Korea. According to South Korean media, 21 cheerleaders were imprisoned in 2006 for sharing what they saw in the South after they returned from a trip there with the team. The women at the games had to agreed to view the South as “enemy territory” to discourage them from trying to defect.

Some observers are finding the whole group terrifying and others are concerned for the young indoctrinated women who are essentially prisoners of the totalitarian regime.

Whether you’re worried about the women or concerned for your own well-being, it looks like the general consensus is that this is all quite terrifying.

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