If those North Korean propaganda games weren't odd (and unsettling) enough, the country's state media is incorporating Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and "We Are the World" to show the U.S. under attack. Yeah.
Never mind that "We Are the World" was written by Americans (Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson) or that North Korea probably (um, definitely?) didn't get permission to use this bit from Modern Warfare 3, the entire thing is one complete and very scary mindfuck.
Uploaded by North Korean propaganda agency Uriminzokkiri, the video, as LiveLeak points out, is a dream sequence that shows a North Korean rocket—the same kind the country recently launched into space. As an elevator music version of the USA for Africa charity song plays, the rocket circles the globe, an elated Korea is reunited, and at around the 2:15 mark, an American flag is draped over a bombed out New York City.
That scene of destruction will look familiar to anyone who has played Modern Warfare 3, because it is from Modern Warfare 3. It's as though the North Korean propaganda wizards were unable to render destruction of New York on their own, so they had to borrow images from Call of Duty.
"Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing," reads the caption on the propaganda video (via LiveLeak. "It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze with the fire started by itself."
Then the man in the video believes that his dream will "surely come true". A caption on the video reads, "Despite all kinds of attempts by imperialists to isolate and crush us... Never will anyone be able to stop the people marching toward a final victory."
All this using "We Are the World" and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3! Sure, the whole thing is unsettling, but the irony is beyond baffling. Surely, North Korea knows, right?
The video was uploaded over the weekend. But this morning, The Guardian is reporting that a North Korean nuclear test is "imminent".
North Korea video shows US city under attack [LiveLeak Thanks, Sean for pointing out COD!]