(Photo courtesy of petersnoopy on Flickr under CC license)
(Photo courtesy of petersnoopy on Flickr under CC license)

By JACOB IMHOFF, Guest Writer

People’s Daily, the state-owned mouthpiece of China’s Communist Party, cited the Onion’s satirical praise of 28-year-old North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un as the ‘sexiest man alive’ as authentic last week.

“This Pyongyang heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true,” the article stated of the lavish ruler. “Kim made this newspaper’s editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and of course, that famous smile.”

A 55-page article and slideshow was subsequently submitted by People’s Daily, which depicted Kim Jong-un seated upon a decorated horse, staring nobly into the North Korean countryside. “He has the rare ability to somehow be completely adorable andcompletely macho at the same time,” the newspaper said.

“Ri Sol-ju is one lucky lady, that’s for sure!” the article concluded, mentioning the dictator’s wife, who had been “grounded” by North Korean elder leadership for wearing an untraditional flower lapel pin, according to the Guardian.

The segment, which was originally posted by the Onion on November 14, was heralded by the Chinese agency two weeks later, the Atlantic Wire reports. It has since been removed from the website, though not before the story became an international ordeal.