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Kim Jong Un beats Channing Tatum for the Onion’s sexiest man alive in 2012

by | November 18th, 2012 | 07:00 am

The Onion has always been known for its fearless coverage of North Korea and its willingness to tackle subjects other newspapers are afraid to cover.  This week is no different.  The Onion editorial board surprised many by announcing that Kim Jong Un has been named the paper’s “sexiest man alive” for 2012.

While People magazine this week took a safer route by naming Channing Tatum as their annual heartthrob, The Onion made a far bolder choice with the dear leader.  They had their reasons though.  They laud Kim for his “devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame.”  Style and entertainment editor, Marissa Blake-Zweibel states that “He has that rare ability to somehow be completely adorable and completely macho at the same time, And that’s the quality that makes him the sort of man women want, and men want to be. He’s a real hunk with real intensity who also knows how to cut loose and let his hair down. Ri Sol-ju is one lucky lady, that’s for sure!”

While we may have our concerns about Kim Jong Un’s policies, we find it hard to argue with The Onion’s assessment of the young leader’s heartthrob qualities.