Exquisite! November 28, 2012

These are the moments when my heart swells with pride over being an American:

BEIJING     (AP) — The online version of China’s Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the “Sexiest Man Alive” – not realizing it is satire.

The People’s Daily on Tuesday ran a 55-page photo spread on its website in a tribute to the round-faced leader, under the headline “North Korea’s top leader named The Onion’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.”

Quoting The Onion’s spoof report, the Chinese newspaper wrote, `’With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true.”

“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 People’s Daily cited The Onion as saying.

I loves me some dumb Commie functionaries hailing the Dear Leader and coming off like complete fools.  Particularly hilarious is the 55(!) page photo spread. Thrilling reading indeed!

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  • Tom

    55-page photo spread? How many pictures did they need?

  • Stu

    Wait a minute…are you saying he isn’t the sexiest man alive?

    • ivan_the_mad

      He’d better be, since the truckload of Kim Jong Un merchandise I bought is not refundable! The unsolicited email guaranteed that this get-rich-quick scheme was foolproof!!!

  • Jeremy Dobbs

    When a country dismisses culture, this is what you get

  • A Random Friar

    Apparently, the Chinese newspaper did not have any women on staff who could’ve sniffed this one out a mile away.

  • Timbot2000

    To be fair, The Korea Times also got taken in as well…

  • Nate

    “Upon realizing it was a spoof, the People’s Daily decided to take down their versions on Wednesday. But not before The Onion updated their original piece with a link to the People’s Daily and a shout-out: “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,” The Onion wrote.”

    Even when I hate the Onion, I love the Onion.