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Russia TV Station Accused Of Photoshopping Image Of Kim Jong-Un Smiling

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Russia TV Station Accused Of Photoshopping Image Of Kim Jong-Un Smiling

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been having a very busy few months. First it was all 'I'm going to push the nuclear button', then it was a 180 switch-a-roo and he was meeting his Southern counterpart for the first time in the North's history.

He was supposed to be having a meeting with US President Donald Trump, then ego and bravado got in the way and that historical encounter was cancelled.


Then he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other delegates. The pair didn't announce anything major (you know, like world peace or anything) but instead talked about how the US shouldn't be grandstanding and then posed for a bunch of photos.

However, it seems as though Russia wanted to make the meeting a bit happier than reality.

As Russian state channel Russia-1 was doing a news piece of the meeting, it showed a photo of Kim and Sergey in a very diplomatic, political pose. However, as Newsweek has discovered, fans saw that the photo the TV station used seemed to be different to the real one.


You wouldn't notice it normally, but the photos side-by-side show that someone has edited Kim's mouth to be more neutral, even bordering on a small smile, rather than his 'resting bitch face'. Not only that but like most Instagrammers, it seems as though the station gave the two politicians a touch of a tan.

People who saw the comparison on social media absolutely lapped it up.

One person wrote: "As soon as I saw the pictures of the meeting, I thought that Kim was so gloomy and angry with the smile of a horse man and how the propaganda will react to it."


Journalist Dmitry Kiselyov, who was the TV presenter who had the image behind him during his report, has been asked about the alleged photoshop job and he told a Moscow radio station: "The photographs are always taken with high-shutter-speed lenses. So, all sorts of phases of expression turn out."

Mmm, yes I'm sure that's how high-speed photography works.

In a blow to his theory, the Russian Foreign Minister published a video of the handshake moment and there is not a single smile from Kim. Not even a quiver on his lips. Maybe it's because video cameras have super-duper high shutter speeds.


While it was a very subtle job, you can be sure that in 2018 people will call out botched photoshop jobs when they see it.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Viral, kim jong-un, South Korea, Funny, Fail, Donald Trump, Community, Russia, North Korea

Stewart Perrie
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