In our world where hazing, bullying, and even post-game celebrations have suffered insidious practices, it is good to see that some pranksters are still traditional. It is possible to prove a point or to simply be ridiculous for the sake of doing so, without harming anybody at all. At the Olympics, two jokesters played the role of jesters perfectly and ensured that Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump got along splendidly in South Korea.
Two very convincing look-alikes of the two leaders “caused a commotion when they appeared in the stands at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on Friday before swiftly being shown out by security staff,” Reuters reports. While asking them to refrain from pretending to be the duo would have been enough, it seems that the South Koreans don’t have quite the sense of humor that some had hoped. Out the door they went!
“We’re getting along great,” said Kim’s imposter speaking about himself and Trump’s lookalike He did not give his real name, thus keeping with the charade.
“We wanted to surprise everyone and bring world peace and then we’re being escorted out by security guards, which I think is really unfair,” he added. “Doesn’t everyone want peace?”
This happened as the “show of unity” displays were happening between S.K. and the D.P.R.K., two nations who have been on the brink of nuclear war for the majority of the last several years.
A flag was unfurled which showed a “unified Korea” while “American Vice President Mike Pence and Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, watched on from a VIP box.” This led Kim’s double to ask, “Is my sister getting the same treatment?” even while being removed from the building.
As the world has a deep belly laugh and a few chuckles over these two doppelgangers, perhaps they did us a favor. If the world spent a little more time laughing with one another on the street each day, maybe our world leaders would be less likely to find us all worthy of dying in a nuclear fire. It could be called “trickle up kindness.”
Even if it didn’t work, life would be better for everyone until the end came, would it not?
If that is too much to hope for, then if nothing else, these two gentlemen have given South Korea a good dose of gallows humor. There is a lot to said for that, too.
Considering how dire the world is and how terribly depressing it can be, maybe the officials who escorted them out should have sat them at the V.I.P. box, instead.