North Korean dictator and all-around wacko Kim Jong-Il was reported dead by his home nation on Sunday, December 18th, 2011. According to official state reports, he died from fatigue - possibly relating to coronary issues - while riding on a train. The Internet, not feeling inclined to give the near-universally loathed figure a pass, immediately piled on with the jokes. And I just happened to be around for the whole thing.
Many, many, many people - including some professional comedians - immediately seized on the EXTREMELY obvious pun in the dictator's name, citing that "I didn't even know Kim Jong was ill," or some such thing. I mean, you expect a bit of that from random Twitter users, but Albert Brooks? The guy wrote "Lost in America." One entry in that genre is reproduced below, but mainly for posterity and because they included a funny picture. Overall, those people should be ashamed of themselves.Kim Jong-Il will very likely be replaced by his son, Kim Jong-un, a 28-year-old army general about whom very little is known. Comforting, right? Maybe this isn't a good time for levity... Oh well, too late.
Kim Jung Il died.I call his sunglasses.— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) December 19, 2011
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"I can't listen to that song today"-- sobbing North Korean, as Run DMC's "You Be Illin'" spins.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 19, 2011
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I can't believe Barack Obama just choked Kim Jong-il to death.— Jen Kirkman (@JenKirkman) December 19, 2011