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Kim Jong Un 'Sexiest Man Alive?' Chinese News Falls for Onion's Parody

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(ENEWSPF)- The Korea Times in English and the People's Daily in China have fallen for satire from The Onion in an article declaring North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un the Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.

No kidding. They bit into The Onion, and we're crying from laughing.

From Global Post:

World, this is a public service announcement: the Onion writes satire.

It seems, astonishingly, that some people still don't know that. Lots of people! Actual people! And some of them are newspaper editors!

Not one but two major papers have taken the Onion at its word when it describes itself as "America's finest news source." Fine it may be, but news it certainly ain't.

Alas, neither the Korea Times — South Korea's oldest English-language newspaper — nor the People's Daily Online, the English version of China's Communist Party organ, spotted the difference.

Both reprinted a recent Onion offering that named North Korea's Kim Jong Un "Sexiest Man Alive 2012."

Here's the Korea Times:

The Onion has announce that North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un, 29, has officially been named the newspaper’s Sexiest Man Alive for the year 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,” the paper reported. 

“Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side,” Kim made the newspaper’s editorial board swoon with “his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile,” according to the paper.

And, finally, here's the People's Daily in China, complete with a 55 (count 'em: fifty-five) picture spread of his sexiness himself:

U.S. website The Onion has named North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un as the "Sexiest Man Alive for the year 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," it said.

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