December 8, 2009, - 1:38 pm
No worries that Sweden now has a Muslim population of 5% and growing and couldn’t hold a public tennis match with the Israelis in Malmo because Swedish police knew they couldn’t stop the Muslim violence in their streets that it would bring.
Kim Jong-Il & His Anti-American Jeans: Not So Ronery Anymore
Nope, Sweden has its priorities straight and the evergreen solution to everything: hate on America. And sell the “chic” that goes with it, despite the fact that the people who made it are slaves in one of the worst human rights abusers in the world. What could go wrong?
A Stockholm department store on Saturday removed a new line of North Korean-made designer jeans from its shelves, saying it wants to avoid courting controversy through ties with the isolated communist nation.
The PUB department store’s management had not been informed that the label would be carried in its space, and pulled the plug when it became aware of it, said Rene Stephansen, the store’s director.
“For us this is not a question of Noko Jeans — this is a question about a political issue that PUB doesn’t want to be associated with,” he said. “This is not the forum for the discussion” of North Korea.
If only PUB had the same conscience when it came to welcoming Islamic terrorism supporters to its shores.
The Noko Jeans line is the brainchild [DS: new word needed: “idiotchild”] of three Swedish entrepreneurs who hoped their label would help break North Korea’s isolation through increased trade with the West. The jeans come only in black, partly because blue jeans are associated with the United States and are stigmatized in North Korea.
Uh, I have news for these dummies. ALL jeans–regardless of color or hue–are American. The dude’s name wasn’t Kim-Jong Strauss. It was Levi Strauss, and he invented jeans, period. (24-year-old Strauss, a German Jewish immigrant and David Jacobs, another Jewish-American, invented jeans out of “serge de Nimes,” or denim, in 1873.
The jeans were to be sold at Aplace, a retail space within the department store. Stephansen said he had informed the shop’s owner of the decision just before the planned launch.
A spokesman for Aplace said the decision was “a bit cowardly” but said that he understood the department store’s point of view.
Uh, the cowardice was in choosing to sell them in the first place.
“It’s a real shame,” Kalle Tollmar said. “But we will continue to sell them on our Web site and Noko Jeans will continue to sell them on theirs.” . . .
Jeans have been banned in the country [North Korea] for years because they are considered a symbol of U.S. imperialism, said Choi Eun-suk, a professor of North Korean legal affairs at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University in Seoul.
In 2005, the regime also urged the country’s women to refrain from wearing trousers, saying Western clothing dampen the revolutionary spirit and blur national pride.
Hey, just like in many Islamic countries, where women get lashes for wearing pants.
Oh, and by the way, in case you were wondering the anti-Western jeans ain’t cheap. They cost $220 a pair. Communism is expensive.
Exit question: North Korean “designer jeans”? Who is the designer? Here’s a hint. Could be.
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