Zhang Qian of People’s Daily–the Chinese Communist Party’s newspaper–lost something in translation when he posted an article about The Onion honoring North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “Sexiest Man Alive.” You know, without mentioning that it was a joke.
People’s Daily even included a 55-page slideshow of Kim Jong Un striking manly poses, such as the above horseback glamor shot, and quoted The Onion approvingly:
“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.
Hey, power is the ultimate aphrodisiac, right? (Even if Kim Jong Un could stand to lose a few pounds, unlike most of his citizens.)
In response, The Onion added an update to its story: “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.”