Vietnam Detains, Deports Kim-Jong Un Impersonator and Trump Lookalike

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Vietnamese authorities have detained and since deported “Howard X” and Russell White, two impersonators of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump, as a summit between their more authentic counterparts is slated to take place on the 27th and 28th of February. The two set up their own parodical summit in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. This attracted the ire of Vietnamese authorities, who restricted their access to the city with an approved itinerary and escort for them to follow.

Mr. Howard (left) and Mr. White (right) [via Nord Littoral]

The two satirists claimed to be “working towards peace”, with the faux-Kim joking that “Hopefully [Trump] can overlook my nuclear missiles and lift the sanctions.”

After the two were detained in the middle of a TV interview, Vietnamese officials later told Hong Kong-born Howard X, real name Lee Howard Ho Wun, that his visa was invalid with no further explanation. Mr. White’s deportation has not been commented on. The two seemed largely undaunted by their deportation, however.

Satire is a powerful weapon against any dictatorship. They are scared of a couple of guys that look like the real thing . . . The real reason is I was born with a face looking like Kim Jong-un, that’s the real crime.”

— Howard X

Mr. Howard has already seen his share of time in the limelight, being present and making a name for himself at Trump and Kim’s first nuclear summit in Singapore last summer. He was also detained by security for dancing in front of the North Korean cheerleading team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The pair are also looking for new additions to their band of doppelgangers, expressing particular interest in recruiting lookalikes of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.