A man resembling North Korea’s supreme leader caused quite a stir by dancing in front of North Korean cheerleaders on Wednesday at the Winter Olympics.
The North Korean cheerleaders, handpicked for their good looks and loyalty to the regime, were far from thrilled by the presence of the faux Kim Jong Un in their section. Confusion quickly gave way to outrage as the man, who later identified himself as Howard, strolled past the North Korea’s cheerleaders during a hockey match in Gangneung, South Korea.
Ice Hockey Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Women Preliminary Round Match – Korea v Japan – Kwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea – February 14, 2018. A North Korean leader Kim Jong-un lookalike waves in the stands. REUTERS/Staff
The Kim Jong Un lookalike made his way past the cheerleaders during a women’s hockey showdown between the unified Korean team and Japan. He was waving the unified Korea flag at the time.
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) February 14, 2018
The Kim Jong Un lookalike was shooed away by security officials, and then he was ultimately ejected from the arena.
At the united Korea vs Japan womens’ hockey game, an apparent Kim Jong-un impersonator starts dancing in front of North Korean cheerleaders. Apparent employees of the DPRK push him aside. He’s now sitting nearby giving interviews (in English) pic.twitter.com/PeVJYtri5Y
— Vincent Bevins (@Vinncent) February 14, 2018
The man was accused of making political statements by impersonating the North Korean dictator, but he insisted that he simply looked like Kim. “I just showed up with my flag and my face … If you do not like my face there’s nothing you can do about it, I was born this way,” he told reporters.
Ice Hockey – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Women Preliminary Round Match – Korea v Japan – Kwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea – February 14, 2018 – Kim Jong-un impersonator holds a Korean unification flag. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Howard is the second Kim Jong Un lookalike/impersonator to be thrown out of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, where the South Korean government is trying to use the Games to facilitate inter-Korean peace.
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