The Winter Olympics have officially begun in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 92 countries will battle it out to see who’s the best at sports such as skiing, bobsledding and figure skating. This year Russia is barred from competing, because at the 2014 Winter Olympics, their athletes cheated by taking steroids. But cheer up, Russia! If stealing American elections was a sport, you’d totally get the gold medal.
The two-hour opening ceremony was a frenzy of fireworks, flags, and flashing LED lights. During the Parade of Nations, there was a serious moment, as North Korea and South Korea walked out as a single, unified team under one flag. After years of tense relations between the two countries, it was a stirring moment of unity. And then there was a silly moment where the United States team walked out to Psy’s «Gangam Style.» (Wait, is that not the South Korean national anthem?)
And we already have our first meme! Professional ice skater Johnny Weir joined NBC’s team to provide color commentary. Viewers quickly noticed that his stylish hair and make-up and glittering sequin jacket made him look eerily similar to The Hunger Games’ color commentator, Caesar Flickerman. Will this Olympics end with teenagers fighting to the death? Stay tuned!
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But in the midst of all this pomp and craziness, a couple of pranksters got the most attention. They crashed the games impersonating United States President Donald Trump, and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
The two leaders don’t get along in real life, slamming each other with juvenile insults on Twitter like catty 16-year-old girls. But the fake versions seemed to have buried the nuclear hatchet, waving and smiling at all of the baffled spectators. Forget North and South Korea — this is a real display of unity.
The dopplegangers caused quite a stir as they strolled through the stands, posing with amused fans for selfies. But apparently South Korea didn’t want to make the Olympics great again. Security staff members quickly descended upon the new BFF’s, and tossed them out of the building. «We wanted to surprise everyone and bring world peace and then we’re being escorted out by security guards, which I think is really unfair,» the Kim impersonator said. «Doesn’t everyone want peace?»
So far, no one knows who the pranksters are or where they came from. It seems like they just crashed the event for a laugh. As they were kicked out, the Kim impersonator joked, «Are you going to kick my sister out too?» (In a VIP box up above, Kim Jong-Un’s sister was watching the event with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.)
Evidently, their comical stunt touched a nerve. Outside the stadium, there were huge anti-unification protests over North Korea’s participation in the games. And many have condemned the country for reported human rights abuses. Under the Kim family, North Korea has been one of the most repressive authoritarian states in the world. An estimated 200,000 people are kept in political prison camps, subjected to forced labor, physical abuse and brutal execution.
But until the war games start, let’s enjoy the Olympic Games. Oppan Gangnam style!