Chinese News Site Duped by Onion’s Kim Jong-un ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Article

Posted at 11:06 PM, Nov 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-27 23:12:37-05

Chinese Communist Party news site The People’s Daily made news as the Onion’s latest victim after running an article naming Kim Jong-un the “Sexiest Man Alive.”

Paired with a 55-photo gallery of the North Korean leader, the article reads:

U.S. website The Onion has named North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un as the “Sexiest Man Alive for the year 2012”.

It follows with a quote taken from the Onion article:

“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.

In an update to the original Onion article, the satirical news site thanked the Chinese site, saying:

“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.”