Kim Jong Un lookalike disrupts Australian election campaign

Media reported the impersonator was being interviewed by police



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By AP

Published: Fri 13 May 2022, 10:42 AM

A man impersonating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday disrupted the Australian election campaign when he burst into an event that Prime Minister Scott Morrison was attending with lawmaker Gladys Liu.

The impersonator, who later identified himself by the stage name Howard X, started talking to gathered media.

“Thank you very much. Gladys Liu is the communist candidate for Australia,” he said, before he was interrupted by an aide to Morrison.

“Excuse me, you are going to have to leave. This is the most offensive thing I have ever seen in a campaign,” said the aide, Nick Creevey.

The impersonator responded: “Excuse me, you don’t tell the supreme leader what to do. I support Gladys Liu.”

The impersonator left the Melbourne venue soon after.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Liu said she was focused on delivering outcomes for the Melbourne communities she represents.

“I will not be distracted by my opponents and their grubby tactics,” she said.

Liu was born in Hong Kong and has lived in Australia for more than 30 years.

The disruption appeared to have been orchestrated in part by longshot Queensland State senate candidate Drew Pavlou, who said on social media that he was good friends with Howard X and it was “one of the best things we have ever managed.”

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Howard X is well known for his impersonation of Kim Jong Un. In 2018, he was detained and questioned when he arrived in Singapore days before a summit between the North Korean leader and US President Donald Trump. His real name is Lee Howard Ho Wun.

Media reported the impersonator was being interviewed by police on Friday.

Australia’s election will be held on May 21 and early voting began this week. Opinion polls have the center-left opposition Labor Party tracking ahead of Morrison’s conservative coalition.


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