‘They did not have a sense of humour’: Australian-born Kim Jong-un impersonator briefly fools people at the Seoul Winter Olympics before he is roughly hauled out of the stadium
Australian Kim Jong-un impersonator fools people at Seoul Winter Olympics.

By Kate Darvall

Howard, from Melbourne, appeared at an ice hockey game on Wednesday
Footage shows Howard dressed as the dictator in front of the cheerleaders
Howard was almost immediately hauled away by counter terrorism officials
‘Unfortunately they did not have a sense of humour,’ Howard said Wednesday

This is the moment an Australian-born Kim Jong-un impersonator briefly fooled people at the Seoul Winter Olympics before he was thrown out.

Howard, from Melbourne, appeared as North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un at a Winter Olympics ice hockey game between a unified Korean team and Japan on Wednesday.

Footage shows Howard dressed as the dictator and commanding attention in front of the reclusive nation’s cheerleading squad.

In the footage, the impersonator who was waving the flag of a unified peninsula, was quickly grabbed by National Counterterrorism officials and hauled away.

Appearing on Sunrise via video link on Thursday, Howard, who describes himself as a satirist, said ‘unfortunately they did not have a sense of humour’.

‘The cheerleaders were great… when I appeared in front of them they were shocked, surprised and some actually laughed, but who didn’t find it funny were the minders,’ Howard said.

‘Unfortunately a few did not find it funny and escorted me out very roughly, kicked me in the shins.’

When South Korean police were called to the game, Howard claimed the North Korean minders left him and ‘ran away’.

Howard was briefly detained at a local police station after Wednesday’s game, but said he was allowed to leave soon after.

Impersonators are considered blasphemous in North Korea, but Howard said he had no reservations when impersonating the nation’s leader.

‘South Korea is a democracy with freedom of speech. It’s very important to remind the world that you can’t let North Korea hijack these games with their cheer squad and everything like that. It’s a terrible regime,’ he said.

‘And as an Aussie impersonator, I’m going to take the piss out of it.’

Howard previously made headlines when he created and starred in a mock music video called ‘Lolly Bomb’.

In the clip, Howard impersonates Kim Jong-un and appears to fall in love with a missile in the form of a lolly.

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