A British hairdresser, who used an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in an ad, received a visit from North Korean Embassy officials telling him to take it down.
Mo Nabbach, of M&M Hair Academy in South Ealing, posted a picture of Kim Jong Un in the window with the caption, “Bad hair day?” to promote an April deal on men’s haircuts.
Nabbach said police had to step in when two men from the North Korean Embassy, which is located less than two miles from his shop, showed up and started taking photographs of the poster.
The men then asked to speak with the manager and ordered Nabbach to take down the image because it is “disrespectful” to their leader.
“I told them this is England and not North Korea and told them to get their lawyers,” Nabbach said.
“We did take it down, but then some of our clients told me to put it back up because we have a democracy here,” he said. “The two guys were wearing suits and they were very serious. It was very threatening.”
The Metropolitan Police received a call about the incident from Nabbach and from the Embassy. No charges were filed.
Nabbach says he used Kim's image because the distinctive style is not only recognizable, but also now the standard haircut of socialist nation. As of last month, male university students in North Korea are required to get the same haircut.