View Full Version : China congratulates Kim Jong Un on being named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by the Onion

11-27-2012, 09:19 PM
My dad just sent this to me. :happy0198:

In a hilarious if increasingly common example of a real newspaper taking a satirical newspaper seriously, the People's Daily—the website for the Communist Party of China's newspaper—published a story on Tuesday (http://english.people.com.cn/90777/8035568.html) congratulating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on being named 2012's "Sexiest Man Alive" by the Onion (http://www.theonion.com/articles/kim-jongun-named-the-onions-sexiest-man-alive-for,30379/).

"U.S. website The Onion has named North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un as the 'Sexiest Man Alive' for the year 2012," the story announces before quoting the Onion's sarcastic write-up:

"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," it said.

"He has that rare ability to somehow be completely adorable and completely macho at the same time," said Marissa Blake-Zweiber, editor of the Onion Style and Entertainment.

The accompanying 55-page slideshow includes images of Kim in varying degrees of sexiness—riding a horse (http://english.people.com.cn/90777/8035568.html), posing with military leaders (http://english.people.com.cn/102774/8036924.html), aiming a rifle (http://english.people.com.cn/102774/8036933.html), riding a horse (http://english.people.com.cn/102774/8036950.html) and, uh, riding a horse (http://english.people.com.cn/102774/8036972.html).

Of course, this isn't the first time the Onion's sarcasm has been lost in translation.

In 2002, the Beijing Evening News picked up an Onion story asserting the U.S. Congress would leave Washington "unless a new Capitol is built (http://www.theonion.com/articles/congress-threatens-to-leave-dc-unless-new-capitol,98/)."

In September 2011, Capitol Police in Washington were forced to investigate (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/capitol-police-investigating-onion-fake-hostage-crisis-tweets-185711356.html) after the Onion's Twitter feed teased a satirical article—"Congress Takes Group of Schoolchildren Hostage (http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=ApY506tNIS4xz8tofV7gGFyXCMZ_;_ylu=X3oDMTFkbml nNzJjBG1pdANCbG9nIEJvZHkEcG9zAzYEc2VjA01lZGlhQmxvZ 0JvZHlBc3NlbWJseQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTJuZmd0YTJlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRw c3RhaWQDNzg4MWUyNDQtMzUyOS0zYWYxLTg5NGUtYjhlMjAxMD g4NzcwBHBzdGNhdAN0ZWNoBHB0A3N0b3J5cGFnZQ--;_ylv=0/SIG=13aq7i65f/EXP=1355236442/**http%3A//www.theonion.com/articles/congress-takes-group-of-schoolchildren-hostage,26207/)"—with a series of tweets proclaiming breaking news of a hostage situation inside the Capitol building.

A month later, the Onion caused real confusion (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/fake-onion-story-causes-real-confusion-california-town-145806545.html) when it published a satirical story—"Study Finds Every Style of Parenting Produces Disturbed, Miserable Adults (http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=Ao.Cjhc1PYN65pgf8l.4JziXCMZ_;_ylu=X3oDMTFkZWg zYnZwBG1pdANCbG9nIEJvZHkEcG9zAzIEc2VjA01lZGlhQmxvZ 0JvZHlBc3NlbWJseQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTMwdGhubGJoBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRw c3RhaWQDZGY3YWIyNWItNjNiNS0zM2Y1LTlhZDYtZWI4ZjM5Mz ZmMDMwBHBzdGNhdANlbnRlcnRhaW5tZW50BHB0A3N0b3J5cGFn ZQ--;_ylv=0/SIG=13e8ersqj/EXP=1355236708/**http%3A//www.theonion.com/articles/study-finds-every-style-of-parenting-produces-dist,26452/)"—that cited the California Parenting Institute in its findings.

The real institute was soon deluged with emails and phone calls from concerned residents.

And in September, Iranian news agency Fars plagiarized (http://screen.yahoo.com/blogs/butterfinger-barmageddon-news-network/iranian-news-agency-fars-plagiarized-fake-story-ahmadinejad-231525182.html) an Onion story (http://www.theonion.com/articles/gallup-poll-rural-whites-prefer-ahmadinejad-to-oba,29677/?ref=auto) that claimed an "overwhelming majority of rural white Americans" would prefer Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over President Barack Obama.

11-27-2012, 09:43 PM
Good one! :laugh:

11-27-2012, 11:52 PM
Great, now if China declares war on us, we know which website to blame. :laugh: