David Walliams Tweets Text 'From Kim Jong-un' After Halloween Costume Backlash
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David Walliams posted a fake text from Kim Jong-un to Twitter after facing a backlash over his decision to dress as the North Korean dictator.
Just a few days ago, Walliams published a photo on Twitter of him attending a Halloween party in costume as the leader, leading to him facing accusations of being insensitive and racist.
Now the Little Britain and Come Fly With Me star has sought to defend his dress-up decision - or rather, someone else has put up the defence for him.
Walliams took to Twitter this afternoon with a cheeky little text message from someone purporting to be the Chairman of the Worker's Party of Korea himself.
Here's a picture of the 'text' that Walliams apparently received:
I just got this text- pic.twitter.com/zBGcv5y8R1
- David Walliams (@davidwalliams) November 2, 2017
Whatever you may think of the costume, it seems like 'Kim' himself took the laugh at his expense fairly well.
Of course, we know that the text isn't really from Kim, and the argument is whether Walliams is right to be looking to defend himself here, even if it's in a light-hearted way.
Part of the criticism the children's author received a few days ago was for his decision to perpetuate the now off-colour Hollywood practice of 'yellowface' in dressing up as he did in a dark wig and prosthetically narrowed eyes.
Other people were unhappy that his costume made light of the genuine human rights abuses which are regularly conducted by Kim Jong-Un's regime in North Korea.
Why not take another look at the costume yourself and make up your own mind?
Happy Halloween from Kim Jong-un. pic.twitter.com/fGbpo5EgmF
- David Walliams (@davidwalliams) October 31, 2017
While the costume itself received more negative reception, Twitter's reaction to Walliams' 'text' from Kim Jong-Un has mostly proved to be positive
Here's just a selection of the response below:
Explosive stuff Dave.
- Sunshine Honeysuckle (@sunnyairedale) November 2, 2017
Good old KJ does have a sense of humour
- Jake (@Jakep010923) November 2, 2017
Don't forget your not allowed to be a comic anymore for risk of offending everyone :confused:
- Nick Williams (@WL11AMS) November 2, 2017
The fuss is nothing but PC nonsense. Never & don't cower to it.
- Reach Out (@SimonsAdviser) November 2, 2017
Even if the concerns people have about Walliams' costume are valid, the comedian looks to have defused the situation slightly.
Now Walliams just has to be careful not to make the same mistake again. Maybe he should try his hand at playing Donald Trump next Halloween.
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Topics: David Walliams, Racism, Entertainment, kim jong-un, Celebrity, halloween, North Korea