Fat Guy Number 3, a mash-up video poking fun at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has been watched millions of times in China and around the world.
The three-and-half-minute videois made up of a series of animated GIFs in which Kim Jong-un’s face is superimposed on all sorts of existing images. He’s shown dancing, doing the splits, as a ballet dancer, with his trousers down, riding on the back of a pig. It’s set to a catchy recent Chinese hit love song, Little Apple, by the Chopstick Brothers – which has been parodied a number of times, as well as being used in flash mobs in China.
A host of international leaders make appearances in the video too. President Barack Obama is seen generally frolicking around in a light-hearted way. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the Japanese PM Shinzo Abe also feature.
The video appears to have been made by a Chinese man with 190,000 followers on Weibo – China’s version of Twitter – who’s been making Kim Jong-un GIFs for two years. Writing on his Weibo page, the man said the video was “just for entertainment” and had no deeper political message.
The video was uploaded to the Chinese video-sharing site Tencent, where it’s been watched more than 55 million times.
YouTube is banned in China, but the video was later copied and uploaded there, and prompted a million views and comments from around the world.
Though the man who made it insists the video is not political, there are some scenes which appear to carry a message. In one, Kim Jong-un is seen holding Osama bin Laden’s hand. In another, a missile he fires ends up hitting him on his own backside.
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