BEIJING — Who says the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t have a sense of humor?
People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, ran a large feature on its website Tuesday on North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong Un being named the Onion’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”
The only glitch was that the People’s Daily didn’t seem to realize that the Onion is a satirical newspaper.
Instead, in breathless deadpan style, the People’s Daily quoted the Onion’s assessment of Kim’s sexiness. “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 article, headlined “North Korea’s top leader named the Onion’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2012,’’ was accompanied by 55 pages of photographs, the first one being a recently released shot of Kim on horseback.