Onion's sexiest man alive: Kim Jong-un joke taken seriously by China's People's Daily
On Tuesday (Nov. 27), the online version of the paper ran a 55-page photo spread dedicated to Kim Jong-un along with the headline "North Korea's top leader named The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012."
The People's Daily quotes the Onion piece, writing, "''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 Associated Press reports that a rep for the paper could not be reached for comment.
However, this isn't the first time a state-run Chinese newspaper has reported an Onion article as fact. In 2002, the Beijing Evening News reported on a fictional story that the U.S. Congress wanted a new building and that it might leave Washington, D.C., to get it.