Sunday, December 2, 2012


NAMED 'SEXIEST MAN ALIVE' - The online version of China's Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the “Sexiest Man Alive” - not realizing it is satire. The People's Daily ran a 55-page photo spread on its website in a tribute to the round-faced leader, under the headline “North Korea's top leader named The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.” 
Quoting The Onion's spoof report, the Chinese newspaper wrote, “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,” the People's Daily cited The Onion as saying. The photos include Kim on horseback squinting into the light and Kim waving toward a military parade. 

In other photos, all selected by the People's Daily, he is wearing sunglasses and smiling, or touring a facility with his wife. People's Daily could not immediately be reached for comment. A man who answered the phone at the newspaper's duty office said he did not know anything about the report and requested queries be directed to their newsroom on Wednesday morning. It is not the first time a state-run Chinese newspaper has fallen for a fictional report by the just-for-laughs The Onion. 
In 2002, the Beijing Evening News, one of the capital city's biggest tabloids at the time, published as news the fictional account that the U.S. Congress wanted a new building and that it might leave Washington. The Onion article was a spoof of the way sports teams threaten to leave cities in order to get new stadiums. Jokes are always being lost in translation: in September, another Onion article headlined “Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama” was reprinted as fact by an Iranian news agency.

Last week a Chinese newspaper, the People’s Daily, noted that the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un had been named “the Sexiest Man Alive For 2012” by The Onion, a US website. Celebrating his victory, the Communist Party-affiliated paper’s website published a collection of photos, showing him squinting sexily in the sun, sitting sexily astride a horse, and in various other sexy poses. What it failed to notice is that The Onion is a spoof website. Many people in China have no idea The Onion is purely satirical news. Despite cultural differences, humour is everywhere, many times, other people's misfortune or embarrassment are used for laughing or satirical comments. In this material world, the Lord's external energy is used to deceive those living beings who want to be deceived.

A conditioned living being is endowed with four principles of malpractice, namely errors, insanity, inability and cheating. These are signs of imperfection, and out of the four the propensity to cheat others is most prominent. And this cheating practice is there in the conditioned souls because the conditioned souls are primarily in the material world imbued with an unnatural desire to lord it over the material world. A living being in his pure state is not conditioned by the laws because in his pure state he is conscious that a living being is eternally subservient to the Supreme Being ... In the conditioned state the living being is not satisfied even if he actually becomes the lord of all that he surveys, which he never becomes, and therefore he becomes the victim of all kinds of cheating, even with his nearest and most intimate relations.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.14.4 - Canto 1: “Creation”
Chapter 14: “The Disappearance of Lord Krishna”
Verse 4 - Bhaktivedanta VedaBase Network

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