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The Onion punks China with Kim Jong-un 'Sexiest Man' pick

theonion113012_optBY REBECCA SHEEHAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

There are very few honors that a man can receive that will send women all over the world into a tizzy. Every year, People Magazine, crown a top notch, handsome actor/celebrity with its infamous accolade: “Sexiest Man Alive.” Some receiving the prestigious, beauty pageant-like honor include Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Ryan Reynolds. 

Meanwhile, The Onion also crowned their “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2012 -- Kim Jong-Un, the 29-year-old leader of North Korea.

According to Mashable.com, a Chinese newspaper, (The People’s Daily), was not able to see the underlying humor in the situation - consequently, falling for the joke.

The Huffington Post reports that the daily ran a 55-page photo spread on its website Tuesday 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." The young dictator, who became leader in December of 2011, was completely deserving of the award, according to The Onion, who The People’s Daily quoted on their website from the original 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.”

Finally realizing the award was just-for-laughs, the Chinese news made a statement to the Huffington Post.

"We have realized it is satirical," said the editor, who refused to offer his name and works on the site's South Korea channel, one of the three channels where it was posted. When asked whether editors knew the Onion piece was satirical when the People's Daily item was first posted, he declined to clarify, but added that they picked up the news after first seeing it on China's state-run Guangming Daily website.

 
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