Chinese Newspaper Takes The Onion Seriously

This is one of those times when fact is funnier than fiction.

Two weeks ago satirical news web site The Onion named North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un as their sexiest man alive for 2012.

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.

Here’s the picture that they ran with the piece:

The article also lists the previous winners of this award:

  • 2011: Bashar al-Assad
  • 2010: Bernie Madoff
  • 2009: Charles and David Koch (co-winners)
  • 2008: Ted Kaczynski
  • 2007: T. Herman Zweibel

Funny stuff on its own but it gets better because the English edition of China’s People’s Daily Online thought this was for real and ran the story yesterday.  The news item headline is “Edited and translated by Zhang Qian, People’s Daily Online” – but after the first sentence, the rest of the piece is simply the rest of the article from The Onion (although they neglect to list the previous winners).

Except … the PDO’s article comes with no less than FIFTY FIVE PICTURES of the dashing Kim … riding a horse, surrounded by school kids, holding a bouquet of flowers, surrounded by female army officers, waving a lot.

After a crappy couple of days, this cheers me up so much.