I don’t know what we’re getting out of this item other than “The Onion tricked a paper into thinking they were an actual news source” but what the hell, let’s snicker.
Here, incidentally, is a picture that the People’s Daily Online is using to evidence Kim Jong Un’s sexiness:
If you want more pictures, there’s a 55 page long slideshow. In some of the pictures in it Kim Jong Un looks legitimately pleasant! He’s gripping a child in some of them!
So you can understand the confusion, The Onion 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. … “He has that rare ability to somehow be completely adorable and completely macho at the same time,” Onion Style and Entertainment editor Marissa Blake-Zweibel said. “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 satire didn’t come through in a country where people don’t satirize their leaders.
And, really, I suppose that if you live somewhere where people believe their last leader’s birth was heralded by a magical talking iceberg this doesn’t really seem that ridiculous. And to be fair, Kim Jong Un is on a horse. It’s hard not to look attractive when you’re on a horse.
Still. He’s no Vladmir Putin. Yet.