This reportedly official demand from North Korea begs the question: is body-shaming always wrong?

According to the Apple Daily in Hong Kong, on 10 November a request was made by North Korea to China. They asked that the country refrain from referring to their Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un as Jin San Pang (金三胖) or “Kim Fatty III” in media or conversations.

This may seem ridiculous, but there is some evidence to the reports that official action has been taken. Just doing a search on Baidu, China’s biggest search engine, you can see that “Kim Fatty III” has been disabled from producing any results.

Image: Baidu

Apparently “Kim Fatty III” has been a widespread nickname around China, and as a result of the blackout Chinese netizens have been brainstorming alternatives such as Jin Pang Pang (Kim Fat Fatty) or Jin San Fei (Kim Abundant III).

Japanese people online have also pitched in some ideas and advice for the ruler.

“Doesn’t he know complaining will just make it worse?”
“I haven’t called someone ‘fatty’ since primary school.”
“‘Jin Pang Pang’ wins.”

“How about Android 19?”
“They should call him ‘black telephone.'”

Android 19 is a reference to the similarly-proportioned enemy from Dragon Ball Z.

▼ We can kind of see the resemblance.

And the “black telephone” nickname is a reference to the commonly used Japanese word for an old rotary telephone – which I guess used to always be black in Japan – short and round with the receiver resting on top like a certain someone’s haircut.

Image: Wikipedia/Holger.Ellgaard

The previous comment is right in saying the North Korean government should deal with offensive public names in a way other than complaining as it makes them look petty. However, netizens should also be ashamed for attacking someone on his appearance.

If you’re going to criticize a person, do it because they’re a brutal and oppressive dictator who threatens peace in their region, not because they’re a little overweightor have a bad haircut.

Source: Sponichi Annex via Golden Times (Japanese)
Top image: Wikipedia/Rftest1204, Wikipedia/Holger.Ellgaard (edited by RocketNews24)