Weather Alerts 5 View »

Viral video lampoons North Korean leader Kim Jung Un


Viral video lampoons North Korean leader Kim Jung Un

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jul 24, 2014
We’ve seen a lot of stories lately that start with the words “North Korea is angry over …”
Here’s another.
Now, officials in the country are reportedly furious over a viral video that shows its Supreme Leader, Kim Jung Un, in a less-than-flattering light.
The video (watch it above) is thought to have been created by a Chinese college student who studied in North Korea. It inserts Kim’s face — and often the face of U.S. President Barack Obama and, briefly, Russian President Vladimir Putin — into a series of other popular viral videos, thus appearing to show the world leaders dancing, fighting and being pranked. In various scenes Kim is shown losing his pants, falling in a pool, riding a pig, kicking the stuffing out of a toy dragon, and getting knocked to the ground by Obama. At one point in the video, Kim is portrayed as one of the Kia hamsters. 
It’s all set to a catchy Chinese pop song by the group the Chopstick Brothers.
South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reports that officials in Pyongyang are furious about the three-and-a-half minute video because it “seriously compromises Kim's dignity and authority."
But, NBC News reports, “North Korean officials are learning that nothing can stop the spread of a viral video … The North Korean government has reportedly requested that China stop the spread of the video.”
Chosun Ilbo reports that the Chinese government was “unable to oblige.”
Phyllis Stark

Phyllis Stark

Email Facebook Twitter
Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Scripps Media.