North Korean officials have reportedly requested that China stop referring to their “Dear Leader” as “Kim Fatty III.”
This report comes from Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily last week. While the DPRK “supreme leader” Kim Jong-un has many titles, he’s apparently less fond of nicknames. In China, it has become common to refer to him not by his Chinese name “Jin Zheng En” (金正恩), but as “Jin San Pang” (金三胖) or “Kim Fatty III.”
While you might think this is ludicrous, RocketNews24 did some investigating and found that a search on Baidu for “Kim Fatty III” produces no search results. Seriously, try it for yourself:
Same thing on Weibo:
Of course, maybe, Chinese censors are just trying to crack down on fat shaming and cyber bullying?
Earlier this year, South Korea’s spy agency claimed that Kim had gained about 40kg while binge-eating and drinking to deal with fears of being assassinated. Of course, these reports are basically impossible to confirm.
What is certain though is that China-North Korea relations have been souring as of late with ongoing North Korean nuclear missile testing. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than on the border between China’s Dandong and North Korea’s Sinuiju, where a bridge connecting the two countries remains unfinished. It was supposed to be completed in 2014.