Believing that the story posted by the humor site was completely legit, The People’s Daily ran 55 pages worth of material devoted to the North Korean leader. The article’s headline reportedly read, “North Korea’s top leader named The Onion’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.”
“Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper’s editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile,” the newspaper quoted The Onion as reporting.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times photos included in China’s Communist Party newspaper featured Kim Jong Un waving at a military parade and riding on horseback. The photos were no doubt similar to the countless images housed at Kim Jong Un Looking at Things.
Those who are unfamiliar with how The Onion does business may not immediately recognize the website’s dry sense of humor. What’s more, people unfamiliar with the ways of satire may see the article as fact.
“He has that rare ability to somehow be completely adorable and completely macho at the same time,” the website’s Style and Entertainment editor Marissa Blake-Zweibel explained. “And that’s the quality that makes him the sort of man women want, and men want to be. He’s a real hunk with real intensity who also knows how to cut loose and let his hair down.”
The People’s Daily has yet to comment on the matter. Inquiries regarding the Kim Jong Un “Sexiest Man Alive” story were directed to the newsroom. Previous winners of the bogus award include Bashar al-Assad, Bernie Madoff, and T. Herman Zweibel.
Presently, it would appear that China’s Communist Party newspaper is the only media outlet fooled by the Kim Jong Un “Sexiest Man Alive” story.