The Internet successfully trolled North Korea’s supreme leader this week by voting him to the top of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” list.
Among the top ten in the list: U.S. President Barack, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Mars rover, undocumented immigrants, South Korean musician Psy (yes, creator of “Gangnam Style”), Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
These seven candidates have 1,022,243 votes combined (as of Dec. 3).
Kim Jong-un, meanwhile, earned 3,065,497 — nearly three times that amount.
Since baby-faced North Korean leader’s reputation precedes him, it goes without say that Kim’s nomination is in due no part to a sudden rise in popularity. Rather, it’s the working of the infamous image board website 4chan.
An anonymous user posted a script online with which others can automate the voting process in order to make their voices . . . “unnaturally efficient,” for lack of better words. So far the attempts have been extraordinarily successful. Users plan to initiate a second phase of the operation by spelling out “KJU GAS CHAMBERS” with the first letter of each candidate’s name.
Here's the likely conclusion:
Kim Jong Un
Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein
E. L. James
The ordered phrase is a reference to brutal concentration camps used by the North Korean regime in order to intimidate, hold, and torture individuals who speak out against political abuses.
The website’s community did the same thing in 2009, only that time donating victory to 4chan founder Christopher Poole — otherwise known as “moot” — and spelling out the phrase “MARBLECAKE. ALSO, THE GAME,” an allusion to two popular Internet memes.
Let’s hope People’s Daily doesn’t see the new nomination. The government-owned Chinese newspaper reported with absolute sincerity Tuesday that Kim had won the award for “Sexiest Man Alive,” not realizing that The Onion is a humor publication.
Its editors subsequently took down the article.
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