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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on January 28th, 2013 at 7:30 am

Did Kim Jong-un Have Plastic Surgey To Look Like His Grandfather?

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The way the North Korean regime has responded to the rumor that Kim Jong-un had plastic surgery to look more like his grandfather makes me wonder if there is some truth to the rumor?

North Korea’s official news agency has taken the unusual step of publicly rebuking a rumor about young leader Kim Jong Eun, and has chastised China, its sponsor and only real ally, in the process. The vitriolic report insists that the 30-year-old Kim absolutely, positively did not receive plastic surgery to look more like his deceased grandfather, Kim Il Sung. Such rumors have been around for years, but just as rumors. So why condemn them now, at the risk of just lending them greater legitimacy?

Since taking control of the country, Kim Jong Eun has aggressively cultivated an image in his grandfather’s likeness. Kim Il Sung, considered North Korea’s national founder, is practically deified. His son and heir, Kim Jong Il, rarely appeared in public and never fully inherited his father’s cult of personality. Now, Kim Jong Eun seems to be doing everything he can to draw comparisons between himself and his beloved grandfather, which could help him considerably in consolidating and maintaining power.

The long-running rumors, that Kim Jong Eun’s resemblance to Kim Il Sung is more than just genetic, got a big boost from a mainland Chinese station called Shenzhen TV. The network, based in the country’s more liberal southeast, cited a “diplomatic source” who said he or she had traveled to Pyongyang recently, where a North Korean official had confirmed the rumor.  [Washington Post]

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  • guitard
    7:59 am on January 28th, 2013 1

    When we start seeing pictures of him with a big calcium deposit on the back of his neck – then I’ll believe he’s trying to use plastic surgery to look like gramps.

  • Bobby Ray
    8:03 am on January 28th, 2013 2

    Are they going to wax him up and give him the zombie treatment like they done his grandpappy?

  • 2ID Doc
    3:22 pm on January 28th, 2013 3

    A little liposuction wouldn’t hurt the Dear Porker…

  • Teadrinker
    6:19 pm on January 28th, 2013 4

    If he had cosmetic surgery to look like his grandfather, that kinda failed because doesn’t really look all that much like him. What’s stranger is that he doesn’t look at all like his father or any of his siblings that we know of.

  • Daisy Moses
    7:40 pm on January 28th, 2013 5

    Show some before and after pics of the “Great Eater” and it appears to be true.

  • Hamilton
    10:38 pm on January 28th, 2013 6

    Classic mistake, just before going under for plastic surgery he told the surgeons “make me look just like my favorite Douchebag.” They naturally assumed he meant KIS not Matt Damon as he intended.

  • kushibo
    1:20 am on January 29th, 2013 7

    This sounds like much ado about nothing, as is often found in the Chinese press which has as its m.o. distracting the populace from excesses, abuses, and failures of the CCP.

    Kim Jong-un looks a bit like his grandfather, but mostly because, well, he gets a quarter of his DNA from his grandfather (more if Kim Ilsung was boning Kim Jong-il’s mistress or wife). It is natural and to be expected, and KJU doesn’t look unusually more like his grandfather than one would expect.

    What really brings it hope, though, is the haircut and perhaps the girth, neither of which requires plastic surgery.

    Chinese netizens, pay attention to your leaders’ corruption instead of acting like trailer trash reading the National Enquirer at the Piggly Wiggly.

  • kushibo
    1:22 am on January 29th, 2013 8

    brings it hope –> brings it home

    I’ve got Obama speeches and Clinton home towns on the brain.

    The audacity of Hope, Arkansas.

  • kushibo
    1:23 am on January 29th, 2013 9

    Daisy Moses wrote:

    the “Great Eater”

    I’m going to steal that.

  • Leon LaPorte
    2:20 am on January 29th, 2013 10

    Daisy Moses, I too have use of, and am going to steal that. The Great Eater, indeed. Simple. Sublime… Perfect.

 

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