In addition to causing spectators to do double takes, Kim Jong-un’s doppelganger caused a bit of mischief on Wednesday during a hockey game between the unified Korean team and Japan at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Dressed in all black and donning thick-rimmed glasses, the Kim impersonator, who goes by the name Howard X, set off a series of unfortunate events after waving at North Korean cheerleaders with a flag depicting a unified Korean Peninsula. He then got up and started to dance.
“They are playing a good game, they scored one goal,” Howard, who was living up his impersonation of Kim, told Reuters. “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.
However, moments after exchanging words with the outlet, Howard was escorted by South Korean counterterrorism officials away from the cheerleaders and into a nearby seat, according to Reuters.
Video footage shared by Vincent Bevins, a correspondent for the Washington Post, shows officials escorting Howard outside of the arena into a nearby hallway where he asks policemen why he was removed.
“So what are we doing here, are we playing a staring contest?” Howard asks a group of security personnel encircling him. “This is ridiculous… I just want to see the game.”
A few minutes later, Howard was taken into an interrogation room.
After nearly an hour, officials released him and reportedly “politely asked” him to leave the arena.
Speaking to AFP, Howard suggested his detainment was caused by “conservative people [who] didn’t appreciate my presence.”
“This situation is totally messed up,” he told AFP. “All I did was wave the flag. Everybody else was waving the flag… long live democracy!”
When Reuters managed to catch back up with the Kim’s look-alike, he stated simply “my face is too political.”
“I was born with this face, I’ve got to live with it.”
This was not the first time that Howard ruffled a few feathers at the Olympics. During the opening ceremony, Howard and US President Donald Trump’s lookalike were both escorted out of the event by security guards.