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Bizarre Photos Of Kim Jong-Un Riding A Horse Look Straight Out Of 'Game Of Thrones', And Here Come The Jokes

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Well, the annals of Dictators on Horseback just got a dazzling new entry.

Step aside, Vladimir Putin...


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...because winter, and Kim Jong Un, are coming!

The North Korean dictator recently did a (thankfully fully clothed) horseback photo shoot on snowcapped Mount Paektu, and hoo boy, was it a Game of Thronesian fantasy.

They really were something, these pics...

So why all the fuss—and why Mount Paektu?

Well, the mountain, which is an active volcano (a perfect fit for the Glorious Leader) is sacred in Korean culture as it is said to be the birthplace of the Korean kingdom's founder, Dangun, more than 4,000 years ago.

What, you thought Kim Jong Un would just horseback-ride up any old snowcapped hill?

How dare you! He is a god among men! Go to jail immediately!

After all, is that any way to think about the man who North Korean state media describes like this?

"[his eyes] were full of noble glitters of the illustrious commander who clearly indicates the road of advance of a powerful socialist country that is achieving prosperity with its own efforts and by dint of storm of Mt Paektu in the face of all headwinds."

Anyway, a visit to the mountain is said to be auspicious.

The North Korean state news agency spared no words telling us about the glory of their Leader's heroic ride.

As they—very subtly—put it:

"All the officials accompanying him were convinced with overflowing emotion and joy that there will be a great operation to strike the world with wonder again and make a step forward in the Korean revolution."

Translation: Kim Jong Un often visits Mount Paektu before big announcements, leading many to speculate that something big is coming from North Korea in the coming days.


But for most folks, that was all incidental—the real story was the photos themselves—and, of course, the jokes that write themselves.








And for some, a closer look only magnified the hilarity.

And led some to theorize about possible conspiracies afoot in these photos...



That last one is definitely the most plausible.

But conspiracy or not, you have to admit that these pictures speak well beyond a thousand words.

Try as we may, our mere mortal minds will never truly comprehend such resplendence. Such is the magic of Kim Jong Un and his noble steed.

The comedy film The Interview, available here, is a parody that tells the story of Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen) who run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show 'Skylark Tonight.' When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the most unlikely candidates, to "take out" Kim Jong-un.

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Arrests were made on Wednesday night when an appearance by Ann Coulter turned into a protest rally.

The protest lasted for over four hours, outside of Wheeler Hall at UC Berkley where she was scheduled to give a speech on immigration.

Coulter is a notoriously conservative media pundit.

The event, entitled "Adios, America!" was a discussion on the "current United States immigration system and the dangers of mass immigration," according to Daily Beast.

She is known for spewing anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric, so it is no surprise that the talk included more of same ideas.

Skylar Schoemig of The Daily Californian Tweeted out quotes from the speech.



Barricades and police in riot gear guarded the building as Coulter was escorted into the event.


Demonstrators chanted "Ann Coulter go away, immigrants are here to stay" and "this is what democracy looks like" as she walked in.


Protestors also formed a human chain to prevent ticket holders from entering the event.



Moments after Coulter entered the Wheeler Hall auditorium, an attendee called her a "Nazi."

That woman was Brandy Youssif, a student from Berkeley City College.

Youssif was quickly handcuffed and dragged out of the room. According to police and school officials, she was one of six or seven people who were arrested.

Newsweek reported that she was given assault charges, with her bail set to $60,000.

Refuse Fascism, the protest's organizer, is calling for Youssif's release.

Atlas Winfrey, a Refuse Fascism protest organizer, estimated that 2,000 people at the protest.

Winfrey believes that more protests will take place in response to the arrests that were made.

It's not the first time that Coulter's presence has lead to a protest at the college.

In 2017, UC Berkley cancelled her scheduled appearance on the campus after officials feared they wouldn't be able to secure the speech site from demonstrators.

People on Twitter expressed confusion over why she was invited back to the school.





Others praised the students for taking a stand against Coulter and UC Berkeley.


Jack, a UC Berkeley Freshman, expressed his disappointment over the event to Berkleyside.

"It's even more appalling because today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. I'm here to represent my community as a queer and trans student. It's appalling that the administration would even consider having someone with extremely hateful rhetoric."

As of yet, UC Berkeley has not made a statement about the controversy.

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