A Kim Jong Un lookalike who has been making mischief at the Pyeongchang Olympics was nabbed by police Wednesday after dancing in front of North Korea's female cheerleading team Photo: AFP
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Kim Jong Un lookalike provokes N Koreans

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By Yelim LEE

A Kim Jong Un lookalike who has been making mischief at the Pyeongchang Olympics danced in front of North Korea's female cheerleading team before being nabbed and hauled off by police on Wednesday.

The Kim impersonator, wearing thick-rimmed glasses and dressed in all black, sparked anger when he waved at the famed "army of beauties" at an ice hockey game between the joint Korea team and Japan.

Many of the cheerleaders giggled nervously and waved back, but when the fake Kim broke into an impromptu jig all hell broke loose.

Within seconds, he was tackled by three burly security officials, thought to be North Korean, before being frog-marched by police to a room inside the arena, watched by stunned onlookers.

"I walked past the cheerleaders and waved but then three rough-looking guys, not in uniform who I suspect were North Koreans, came out of nowhere and grabbed me by the arm," the Kim double, who goes by the stage name Howard X, told AFP.

"When I waved the unified Korean flag at them they got really pissed off and started kicking me in the shins."

After getting into a shouting match with the North Korean bouncers, the Kim lookalike pointed out he could not be arrested simply for looking like North Korea's leader.

"If you don't like my face, there's nothing you can do about it -- I was born this way," he protested.

However, Games security took a dim view and he was taken away by police officers.

"They didn't arrest me, I was detained," the Kim impersonator said.

"I didn't break any law. It took them a while to get a translator but they said it was for my own safety because some conservative people (in the venue) didn't appreciate my presence."

"Kim" also caused a stir at last Friday's opening ceremony in Pyeongchang.

On that occasion he and a Donald Trump lookalike sauntered nonchalantly past an accredited media section in an attempt to get near to the athletes, including the two Koreas, who marched behind the blue-and-white unification flag.

They were not able to get close to the VIP area, where American Vice President Mike Pence and the real Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong were in attendance.

Trump substitute Dennis Alan was not present at the hockey but "will be back soon", according to buddy Howard.

"This situation is totally messed up," he complained. "All I did was wave the flag. Everybody else was waving the flag. Long live democracy!"

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This guy is an Aussie - what a legend !

Apparently, it wasn’t the police who ‘escorted‘ him away, it was NK agents.

Obviously the NKs don’t have a sense of humour - but we all knew that didn’t we.

16 ( +16 / -0 )

Epic troll. Well done.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

I love it. Just shows the true colors of North Korea. Don't mock the Great Leader or you'll be taken away. The guy is probably lucky he did this on camera or he might not have reappeared to give a statement.

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He is not fat enough.

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Whether this was thought about, he might be putting those girls in danger when they get home. If they are caught laughing at a guy mocking a dictator who openly believes he is god, them girls and their families could be in a lot trouble when they get home. I don’t know if he should be arrested, but it definitely was the right thing to do to get him away from them.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

Best troll ever! Or at least top 20.

I bet those NK men were pissed at him because they can't have that haircut.

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If the situation was reversed and a DPRK Moon impersonator had done the same in front of ROK cheerleaders there would have been outrage directed against the North Koreans for such insensitivity.

What a strange world we live in.

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

Give this guy a medal!

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That is the trouble with dictators.....no sense of humor.

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Jrw - I thought that too.

Any indication that the cheer girls might have momentarily "enjoyed" the act, could have severe consequences on returning home to King Fascist.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

North Korean cheerleaders protected by the secret service - congratulations President Moon and the Winter Olympic committee for ruining what was once a great sporting event.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Excellent. Though he needs to work on the full 1940s-style black bakelite telephone-receiver-placed-across-the-head hairdo.

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congratulations President Moon and the Winter Olympic committee for ruining what was once a great sporting event.

Congratulations on the attention seeking comedian, you mean.

Supposing one of the cheerleaders had been attacked?

This is a sensitive event and the comedian could have jeopardised it with his idiocy.

-14 ( +1 / -15 )

Yeah, but he's so cute and cuddly! He's dying for a hug.

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This perfectly sums up the absolute farce SK has descended into. The dude who did absolutely nothing wrong was tackled and led away by NK secret service agents. Is it still acceptable to call SK a democracy or an ally?

This is beyond a joke and I hope this legend trolls these NK puppet morons every day until they finally leave or have a mental breakdown from seeing their beloved leader act like a fool

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Toasted, are you serious? You're joking right?

Congratulations on the attention seeking comedian, you mean.

Like the North Korean cheerleader troupe are not attention seeking..

Supposing one of the cheerleaders had been attacked?

By a Kim lookalike called Howard from Australia...

This is a sensitive event and the comedian could have jeopardised it with his idiocy.

Why should it be sensitive? Its supposed to be the Olympics. Oh that's right, the sudden arrival of these cheerleaders and the sudden wish for a unified Korea made it sensitive. It wasn't sensitive before Kim's sudden PR exercise.

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@TigersTokyoDome: Don't bother, there is no convincing the committed rabid North Korea supporter. The NK worshippers have come out of the woodwork this past 2 weeks fawning over NK's "diplomatic gold"and cheerleaders, as if they atone for NK's indescribable crimes and nuclear missile program. They praise KJU's sister for being a "real" diplomat and for striving towards peace, while turning a blind eye to the daily hell everyone in the North endures.

Now, Toasted Heretic is actually praising the NK secret service agents for illegally attacking and detaining an Australian on SK soil for dressing like Kim Jong Un. This position is not consistent with a free and democratic society.

This is the NK supporter's final objective, to spread the cancer of NK. They are enemies of democracy and free expression

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Supposing one of the cheerleaders had been attacked?

This is a sensitive event and the comedian could have jeopardised it with his idiocy.

@Toasted Heretic: 100% agree with you! Well done to the North Korean bodyguards for putting a stop to this illegal joke quickly during such a sensitive event. No protest against KJU should be legal during sensitive events like this in SK, and this Australian is lucky not to have been extradited to NK to face justice.

-12 ( +0 / -12 )

dcog, yep. I am not sure that the seriousness of this Olympics PR job has dawned on many people. In essence, President Moon has allowed North Korea to hijack an Olympic Games with a PR exercise. And I believe that Moon will come to regret p'ing-off the US big time - they will not forget this one.

The fact that some Aussie lookalike joker gets detained by secret service at an Olympics on South Korean soil is very sad. Just wait until this Olympics are over, I predict that North Korea will resume normal service.

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Sometimes it takes a hero provocateur to expose authoritarianism and protect freedom. (Yes, I realize this was in South Korea, but if they are letting North Koreans tackle a friendly look-a-like on their soil, they are complicit to an authoritarian action)

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Kim Jong Un lookalike provokes N Koreans

Where was the earlier headline?

North Korean cheerleaders provoke Japanese, American, and many South Korean spectators

7 ( +7 / -0 )

At least he was an Australian. If he happened to have been from South Korea the summit would now be called off.

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If the situation was reversed and a DPRK Moon impersonator had done the same in front of ROK cheerleaders there would have been outrage directed against the North Koreans for such insensitivity.

No, no one would have cared because Moon doesn't force his people to eat dirt or claim he is a god.

Hopefully he helped some of those people wake up to the terrible and cruel mockery of a government that runs their nation.

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I hope the angry people wishing mental breakdowns on posters are ok with other leaders being lampooned at future important events like these.

Well done on the DPRK team for not overreacting. Not so well done for the DPRK minders for being heavy handed.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

He might have an ‘accident’ in Kuala Lumpur on the way home. Better not let any young women approach him till he’s safely back in Oz!

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Well done on the DPRK team for not overreacting.

@Toasted Heretic: Agreed. It would have been understandable if the North Koreans taught this fool a lesson on the spot, but instead they admirably kept their cool and only gave him a few kicks in the shins. South Korea will have to answer for this insult

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Maybe Kim's sister was a lookalike too?!

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Well, Spectrum, I'm not into people being manhandled or getting kicked. He should have just been quietly ushered away. He's not part of the games. Could be not have made his protest against the officials, rather than the innocent cheerleaders, I wonder?

I don't believe the ROK should answer to it seeing as it was an Australian, as you say. Perhaps not be so lax on security, I guess.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

Curious to know how the real Kim Number Un feels about this impersonator, and about the gratuitous NK cheerleaders giggling at him. They may be thrown into the dungeons for showing disrespect for their "dear leader"

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Comedy 1 fascism 0

Aussie Gold.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I love how suddenly it's ok with some of you for freedom of speech to be suppressed. Last time I checked, the Olympics were in South Korea, not North.

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