Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Unfamiliar with the concept of free speech, North Koreans demand UK take action against "Bad Hair Day" poster

Via National Post

Making fun of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's distinctive tonsure has become one of the official sports of the internet, so it's no surprise that a hair salon got in on the action.

Neither super clever nor outrageous, the poster might have been a minor meme on Reddit for five seconds, then forgotten. Except that this salon is in London, and not too far from the North Korean embassy.

According to the Evening Standard, two men from the embassy paid a visit to the shop owner, Mo Nabbach, took pictures, and generally tried to threaten him:
He said they then came back and asked to speak to the manager before ordering him to take the poster down because it was “disrespectful” to their leader. 
“I told them this is England and not North Korea and told them to get their lawyers,” he added. 
“We did take it down but then some of our clients told me to put it back up because we have a democracy here.
“The two guys were wearing suits and they were very serious. It was very threatening.”
 Now, AP reports that North Korean diplomats have asked the British Foreign Office to take action against the salon, with "necessary action to stop the provocation." Police had already investigated the matter, and determined that no crime had occurred.

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