Given the amount that North Korea versus the United States of America is dominating the news right now, you’d think that most Americans would know where their “new enemy” is on the map.
Donald Trump and his rival, Kim Jong-un, were all over the news on Tuesday night, after Trump issued a warning to the North Korean leader saying that they would feel “fire and fury” if they didn’t back down on their attempts to fire a missile towards the American owned island of Guam. Understandably, the world is waiting with baited breath to see what the next move is going to be, as North Korea are pretty certain that they are not going to back down. But amidst all the panic, furore and rising tensions, The Jimmy Kimmel show took it upon themselves to find out just how many Americans know where North Korea actually is. The results, as you can probably guess, were eye-opening. “North Korea is the big story of the day, if not the year, but what I wonder is, how many Americans even know where North Korea is… and this is what we learned.” Said Kimmel, before playing the footage. The four minute footage took place on the infamous Hollywood Boulevard, and features Kimmel’s crew asking members of the public whether the United States should take military action if North Korea becomes a real threat. Most of the individuals that were questioned said that they believe that the United States should take military action against North Korea if they become a more concrete threat. However, when those same people were asked to point to their new enemies on a map, it turned out the majority of them had no idea where North Korea was. It’s pretty embarrassing stuff, with many commenters on the video saying that it shows the apparent inward looking nature of Americans. Take a look at the footage below and see what you think.
One woman in the video says: “I don’t know, I’m horrible at geography” before unbelievably pointing at Canada, the neighbouring country to the USA. A few people pointed towards the Middle East, with one person bizarrely pointing towards Australia. However, one individual was aware that it was in Asia, but was still unable to locate it on the map. Not on person in the video correctly predicts where North Korea is, including one woman who has numerous different attempts. Unsurprisingly, the video has been met with a sigh from the internet, with many people rolling their eyes at the lack of knowledge from the the people in question, as well as saying that the video is reflective of modern America. As with most things that are uploaded to the internet, this video became an opportunity to “Trump bash” with many people directing their anger at Trump and his administration. Still, whether it has anything to do with Trump or not, it’s fair to say that it’s a pretty embarrassing reflection of the amount of knowledge people have about North Korea, especially when you consider the amount of news there has been surrounding the country in recent weeks.
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