A barber in London has incurred the wrath of the North Korean embassy in the UK over the use of Kim Jong-un’s picture for an advert campaign at his shop.
Trouble started when two men claiming to be North Korean officials confronted the barber who filled his salon window with a poster of Kim Jong-Un, alongside the words: “Bad Hair Day?”
Police confirmed to Sky News they had also received a complaint from the North Korean embassy about the advertisement displayed at M&M Hair Academy in South Ealing, west London.
The salon is not being investigated over the poster, which showed the smiling dictator and his distinctive hairstyle and offered a month-long discount on gents’ cuts.
The barber, however, say that the eye-catching display has now been removed because of “overwhelming” interest from passers-by and because it “covered up the window”, blocking out light.
Karim Nabbach, the barber, told Sky News his father Mo, who runs the salon, was confronted by the men, neither of whom showed official identification or sported hairstyles identical to the North Korean leader’s.
“They didn’t introduce themselves and demanded to speak to the manager,” he said.
“They told him, ‘We want your name’.”
It is understandable why the North Koreans felt slighted – the North Korean embassy is just a 10 minute walk from the shop but, apparently, Mr. Nabbach and his staff do not realise this.
He said his father went to Ealing police station in case the visit led to any repercussions, but “nothing happened”.
“It’s been pretty hectic since we put up the poster,” he said.
“It’s become something of a tourist attraction – people have been coming down to the salon to take pictures.
“It was never meant to cause controversy … it was just something to entertain our customers.”
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said officers had “spoken to all parties involved” but added: “No offence has been disclosed.”
Mr Kim’s hairdo made the news last month after it was claimed all male university students in North Korea would be required to have identical haircuts.