Kim im­per­son­ator wanted to meet cheer­lead­ers

Taranaki Daily News - - World -

SOUTH KO­REA: The man who showed up at the PyeongChang Win­ter Olympics open­ing cer­e­mony dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is not Korean, does not speak Korean and is not from ei­ther Ko­rea.

In fact, the im­per­son­ator, who gave his name as ‘‘Howard’’, is from Aus­tralia and is of Chi­nese de­scent.

Af­ter get­ting the bum’s rush out of the open­ing cer­e­mony along with his part­ner, a Don­ald Trump im­per­son­ator, he was back for the women’s ice hockey game be­tween the uni­fied Korean team and Ja­pan. Again, Fake Kim was es­corted roughly from the premises.

‘‘They dragged me away – they said for my own safety,’’ he said.

Ap­par­ently, of­fi­cials thought Howard was try­ing to rile up the North Korean cheer­lead­ers on hand – and in­deed, he said that one of his goals was to ‘‘meet the cheer­lead­ers’’.

The im­per­son­ator smiled and waved to the crowd be­fore plain­clothes of­fi­cials from South Ko­rea’s Na­tional Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Cen­tre moved him away from the cheer­lead­ers, who he said had been do­ing a very good job.

‘‘This is seen as the peace Olympics,’’ he said, ‘‘so let’s hope that peace en­dures and those two id­iots stop launch­ing mis­siles and in­sults at each other on Twit­ter.’’

In North Ko­rea, any­one im­per­son­at­ing a mem­ber of the rul­ing Kim fam­ily would be con­sid­ered blas­phe­mous. Im­ages of the North Korean lead­er­ship are tightly chore­ographed and con­trolled by state pro­pa­gan­dists.

Howard said he was briefly de­tained and then ‘‘po­litely asked’’ to leave.

‘‘My face is too po­lit­i­cal,’’ the de­jected im­per­son­ator said as he walked slowly out of the ice hockey sta­dium.

‘‘I was born with this face, I’ve got to live with it.’’

Still, his en­trance was so spec­tac­u­lar that the North Korean cheer­lead­ers strug­gled to sti­fle a quick laugh in be­tween chants of ‘‘We are one!’’ and ‘‘Unify the moth­er­land!’’.

‘‘It shows you we’re hu­man af­ter all,’’ Howard said.


Kim Jong-un im­per­son­ator ‘‘Howard’’ is ac­tu­ally Aus­tralian.

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