On Tumblr, Kim Jong-Il spins in his grave

The late Fearless Leader is a posthumous buddy act with all the hot DJs.


Lorraine Murphy


Published Dec 21, 2011   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 11:34 pm CDT

It’s enough to set a dictator spinning in his grave—spinning mad licks at the DJ booth, that is.

Kim Jong-Il, late Fearless Leader of North Korea, dubstepped off this mortal coil Saturday, but he’s already a meme on Tumblr twice over. That now-hoary classic of the Internet, Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things, is so Monday. Just like Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang, there’s a new Ultimate Ruler of the Kimblrs: Kim Jong-Il Dropping the Bass.

The famed entertainment junkie (who once held a filmmaker captive for eight years as a sort of showbiz tutor) has found a new career being Photoshopped into picture after picture of DJ action.

Online for two days, it’s already a hit, as the 1,154 notes on this single image can attest. But then, it’s not every day you see a dead dictator deejaying with Daft Punk.

Live celebrity Kim Jong-Il didn’t rate playing sets with Skrillex. Dead celebrity Kim Jong-Il can not only hang with Moby and Tiesto, but with his gift for inspiration, could possibly throw a fright into Courage Wolf himself.

It all redefines “illin’.”

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*First Published: Dec 21, 2011, 10:47 pm CST