A Kim Jong Un impersonator surprised the North Korean cheerleading squad, the ‘army of beauties’, attending an ice hockey match between the unified Korea team and Japan on Wednesday.
The lookalike, known as Howard X, danced in front of the ‘army of beauties’, momentarily fooling some members into thinking he was in fact North Korea’s leader, reported Reuters.
Howard waved a flag depicting a unified Korean peninsula, causing mixed reactions among the cheerleaders.
Within seconds he was tackled by three security officials before being forced out of the arena.
Police then took the fake Kim Jong Un into a nearby office for questioning. He was released a short period after.
Vincent Bevins, a correspondent for the Washington Post, shared footage of the incident on Twitter.
At the united Korea vs Japan womens' hockey game, an apparent Kim Jong-un impersonator starts dancing in front of North Korean cheerleaders. Apparent employees of the DPRK push him aside. He's now sitting nearby giving interviews (in English) pic.twitter.com/PeVJYtri5Y— Vincent Bevins (@Vinncent) 14 February 2018
Andrew X had previously appeared at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games. Along with a Donald Trump impersonator, he was kicked out of the event.
The Japanese side held off Korea 4-1 for its first Olympic victory in women’s hockey.
“I was born with this face, I’ve got to live with it”
Shortly after being moved away from the cheerleaders, Howard told Reuters: “They are playing a good game, they scored one goal. As a president, it’s all I can ask for.
“I mean I trained them by myself so, of course, they’re the best in the world,” he added.
Interviewed again as he walked out of the ice hockey stadium, the lookalike commented: “My face is too political. I was born with this face, I’ve got to live with it.”
Talking to The Sun, Howard told that most of the cheerleaders were totally shocked.
'They looked really surprised and shocked. Some of them laughed, and got it, but most of them were totally shocked and I was told to sit down by a few heavies.
'After that a few heavies rushed over really p***ed off and I suspect they were North Korean delegates, just by the way they were dressed. I can't confirm, but (they were) most likely North Korean.
'They dragged me out and they kicked me in the shins and were shouting something really angrily in Korean.'
Howard X is a Chinese-Australian based in Hong Kong. In recent years, he also appeared at the Rio Olympics and the Hong Kong Sevens.
In North Korea, impersonating a member of the ruling Kim family is considered as blasphemous. Images of the North Korean leaders are tightly choreographed and controlled by the nation’s state propagandists.