A KIM Jong Un (金正恩) impersonator was hauled from his hotel and deported from Vietnam (越南) two days before the summit between the real North Korean (北韓) leader and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi (河內).
Howard X arrived in town with Trump impersonator Russell White and staged a fake summit on the steps of Hanoi’s Opera House amid a swarm of press and hired security guards.
Trump and Kim’s real summit in Hanoi on 27- 28 February built on their first meeting last June in Singapore (新加坡), which failed to produce any concrete moves in dismantling the nuclear arsenal of Pyongyang (平壤).
The Kim lookalike was questioned by Hanoi police and informed he would be put on a plane back to Hong Kong where he lives.
The impersonator was told by Vietnamese immigration officials that his visa was invalid, but said he received no further explanation.
White was permitted to stay in the city but was asked to stop appearing in costume in public. The Trump doppelganger was stopped on his Hanoi walkabouts by locals and tourists eager to snap a selfie with ‘The Donald’.
“Satire is a powerful weapon against any dictatorship. They are scared of a couple of guys that look like the real thing,” said Howard X, adding that the real Kim has “no sense of humour”.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 5 March 2019)
North Korea – CNN
Satire – Wikipedia