The supreme leader of North Korea has been known as ‘Kim Fatty III’ among Chinese web users.
However, the search term now brings up no results on Chinese social media and the main Chinese search engine, MailOnline can reveal.
North Korea officials have allegedly requested Chinese authority to stop its people from calling Kim Jong-un ‘Kim Fatty III’. The North Korean leader was pictured inspecting the Pyongyang Children’s Foodstuff Factory in 2015
The censorship was thought to be applied after a recent meeting between the Chinese and North Korean officials, reported Apple Daily, a newspaper based in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The nickname ‘Kim Fatty III’, which reads ‘jin san pang’ (金三胖) in Chinese, has been widely used among the country’s web users since Kim Jong-un became the ruler of North Korea in 2011.
MailOnline searched for ‘Kim Fatty III’ on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, today.
The search result read: ‘According to relevant laws and policies, the search results of “jin san pang” have not be shown.’
An attempt on Baidu, the Chinese equivalent to Google, produced a similar outcome.
The search page on Baidu said: ‘Apologies, no web pages related to “jin san pang” were found.’
The screenshot on Baidu said: ‘Apologies, no web pages related to “jin san pang” were found’
The search result on Weibo read: ‘According to relevant laws and policies, the search results of “jin san pang” have not be shown’
After the censorship was allegedly applied, Chinese internet users have found different ways to keep calling Kim Jong-un fat.
They cleverly changed the Chinese character for ‘fat’ (胖) into two characters: ‘moon’ (月) and ‘half’ (半). While being put next to each other, these two characters compose the character ‘fat’.
Some people simply dropped his surname Kim and started calling him ‘Fatty III’.
By using these methods, thousands of Chinese people have managed to poke fun of the North Korean ruler.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3937594/Don-t-call-Kim-Fatty-III-North-Korean-officials-tell-China-stop-people-body-shaming-supreme-leader.html#ixzz4Q5LAlMAR
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