Wednesday 10 April 2013

Did Kim Jong-un appear in Grease?

This Monday’s edition of the Sun included a bizarre ‘exclusive’ claiming that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un performed in a school production of the musical ‘Grease’ while at a Swiss boarding school in the 1990s.

As you would expect from the Sun, the story was accompanied by some dreadful puns (“You’re the Jong that I want”, “Tell me war, tell me war”, “Hopelessly devoted to nukes”).

Sadly, it turns out to be untrue. The Washington Post has debunked the story, suggesting that the Sun’s photos are probably of the dictator’s older brother Kim Jong-chul.

Kim Jong-chul was at one time being groomed to succeed his father Kim Jong-il as dictator, but was passed over because his father thought he was “no good because he is like a little girl”. Clearly, a passion for the musical theatre is not an asset when being considered for the leadership of North Korea.

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