Haircut Ad: North Korea Asks UK Salon to Remove Kim Jong Un Poster

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 08:42 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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North Korean embassy officials are reportedly pressuring a London salon owner to remove an ad for haircuts that features a picture of Kim Jong Un.

Barber Mo Nabbach, who owns M&M Hair Academy in west London, told BBC News that embassy officials recently showed up at his business demanding to speak to the manager about the poster.

The ad shows a large photo of the North Korean dictator with the headline "Bad Hair Day?" and an offer for a 15 percent discount on haircuts in April.

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Nabbach told the London Evening Standard that the men ordered him to pull down the poster because it was "disrespectful" to Jong Un. The North Korean embassy is reportedly about a 10-minute walk from the academy.

"I told them this is England and not North Korea and told them to get their lawyers," Nabbach told the newspaper. "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."

Nabbach told reporters he then went to the Metropolitan Police asking for help.

"Officers spoke to both parties involved and no offense was disclosed," a Metropolitan Police spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

A North Korean embassy spokesman reportedly declined to discuss the story, The Standard noted.

"We are not in a position to comment," he said.

Kim Jong Un's haircut is similar to that of his grandfather, Kim Il Sung. AFP wrote that the haircut may be Jong Un's way of projecting himself more in the image of the state's founding leader.

It has been rumored that Jong Un's haircut — short and slicked back on top, buzzed to the skin above both ears — had been government-ordered for all of the 12 million men in North Korea, but the story turned out to be a hoax.

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