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November 26, 2012 3:33 PM   Subscribe

Kim Jong-un named Sexiest Man Alive for 2012. Link goes to Korea times.
posted by blue_beetle (35 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
I guess power really is attractive?
posted by wierdo at 3:34 PM on November 26, 2012


It is the hair. It is always the hair.
posted by TwelveTwo at 3:36 PM on November 26, 2012


*sad trombone*
posted by brundlefly at 3:36 PM on November 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


Sexy corrupts. Absolute sexy corrupts absolutely.
posted by Atom Eyes at 3:36 PM on November 26, 2012 [13 favorites]


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
posted by m@f at 3:39 PM on November 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


So, this is the Korea Times using The Onion as a source? Has this been posted to Literally Unbelievable yet?
posted by bookwo3107 at 3:42 PM on November 26, 2012 [6 favorites]


Not just sexy. un- sexy.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 3:45 PM on November 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


I'd hit that.

And then I'd place it under UN sanctions.
posted by octobersurprise at 3:46 PM on November 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


So, this is the Korea Times using The Onion as a source? Has this been posted to Literally Unbelievable yet?

Yes and yes.
posted by mrnutty at 3:53 PM on November 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hereinafter known as Kim Jong- unh.
posted by Pallas Athena at 4:03 PM on November 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


Oooooh, Sexy Leader!
posted by mosk at 4:04 PM on November 26, 2012 [6 favorites]


wait til he shows us his Un-face
posted by mannequito at 4:08 PM on November 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is South Korea... and from a cursory google translation of the Korean language part of the page I'd say they get that it's satire.
posted by cirhosis at 4:10 PM on November 26, 2012 [5 favorites]


Meanwhile, Psy continues his international lecture tour in which he discourses on socio-politics as seen through the lens of the equine terpsichorean.
posted by b1tr0t at 4:26 PM on November 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


Define "sexy". Actually define "alive" for that matter.
posted by helmutdog at 4:26 PM on November 26, 2012


Make em say Un .... na na na nahhhhh
(sorry, couldn't resist)
posted by artichoke_enthusiast at 5:00 PM on November 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's good to be KingDespot
posted by Thorzdad at 6:04 PM on November 26, 2012


Ow. My sides.
posted by deathpanels at 6:05 PM on November 26, 2012


Opa gangnam style!

Heeeeeey, sexy dictator!
posted by pla at 6:10 PM on November 26, 2012


He was hot in Magic Reich.
posted by Blue Meanie at 6:52 PM on November 26, 2012


And what's written on the ass of his pink workout pants? "JUCHE".
posted by boo_radley at 7:33 PM on November 26, 2012 [10 favorites]


boo_radley!!
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 7:49 PM on November 26, 2012


My first guess was that this was somehow 4chan's fault, but onion works too.
posted by sandswipe at 8:07 PM on November 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


So, my Korean is shaky, since I really only know words that I used around the house as a kid. But. It's only on the English side of things where the joke seems to be missed; on the Korean side, it seems like they're aware of it.

"풍자", in the Korean headline, pretty much means "sarcasm", and "매체" is media.

Sorry to rain on the parade.
posted by qcubed at 8:17 PM on November 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


The Korea Times is quite possibly the worst example of a nationally-distributed newspaper -- that presents itself as an actual serious journalistic endeavour -- I have ever seen. It is rivalled only by the other English language daily here in Korea, the Korea Herald. I gave up on both of them at least 5 years ago.

Why no real alternative has arisen in the decade and a half since I got here is probably an interesting story, but depressing nonetheless.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:24 AM on November 27, 2012


The English-language edition of China's People's Daily also ran the story, and it's pretty clear they didn't realize it was satire.
posted by twisted mister at 4:10 AM on November 27, 2012


And here's a link to a screencap of the front page in case that article goes down.
posted by twisted mister at 4:12 AM on November 27, 2012


"풍자", in the Korean headline, pretty much means "sarcasm", and "매체" is media.

Google Translate gives it as "media satire 'Kim Jung-eun, this year, the best goat cheese'", so... yeah.
posted by rlk at 6:11 AM on November 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


Kim Jong-Oh La La!
posted by symbioid at 6:23 AM on November 27, 2012


Holy Crap, I love The Onion. That is such an awesome picture too.
posted by Yellow at 7:14 AM on November 27, 2012


Washington Post on People's Daily. I have to think they're in on the joke. Or maybe something more complex; occasionally English language articles show up on People's Daily with sly criticism of the Chinese government. It's not all a monolithic mind over there, afterall.

I see no mention in the official North Korean news agency. Wouldn't expect one; there's never humor there and if someone in DPRK took the story seriously, they'd never stoop to talking about their leader being "sexy". It was considered huge news when Kim Jung Un went out in public with a woman.

(Obligatory sobering link to combat the lol-North-Korea thing. The country is a horror show.)
posted by Nelson at 8:26 AM on November 27, 2012


But the People's Daily Online, in both its English and Chinese websites, seemed to miss the joke. The Onion updated its original post with the message: "For more coverage on The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive 2012, Kim Jong-Un, please visit our friends at the People's Daily in China, a proud Communist subsidiary of The Onion, Inc. Exemplary reportage, comrades."
posted by homunculus at 12:45 PM on November 27, 2012


In other news: 'Poison' pen mightier than sword for would-be North Korean assassin
posted by homunculus at 12:47 PM on November 27, 2012


I initially misread this as "Kim Jong unnamed Sexiest Man Alive." I was really enjoying the mental image of him raising his fist at Brad Pitt or George Clooney.
posted by Dr. Zira at 1:57 PM on November 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


(Obligatory sobering link to combat the lol-North-Korea thing. The country is a horror show.)

North Korean prisoner escaped after 23 brutal years: Born in a prison camp, Shin Dong-hyuk describes how three generations of a family are incarcerated if one family member is considered disloyal.
posted by homunculus at 6:37 PM on December 2, 2012


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