N. Korea officials ‘target London salon over Kim haircut ad’
London (AFP) – British police said Tuesday they had intervened after North Korean embassy officials reportedly told a London hairdresser to take down a discount haircuts advert featuring leader Kim Jong-Un.
Mo Nabbach said two officials identifying themselves as being from the Stalinist state’s mission took pictures of his M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London.
They then demanded to know his name and ordered him to remove the “disrespectful” poster from the salon window, he told the Evening Standard newspaper.
The poster featured a large picture of Kim’s distinctive short-back-and-sides hairdo with the slogan: “Bad hair day? 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April.”
“I told them this is England and not North Korea and told them to get their lawyers,” the newspaper quoted Nabbach as saying.
“The two guys were wearing suits and they were very serious. It was very threatening.”
Nabbach, who is also a fashion photographer, said he had since removed the offending picture.
His son Karim said they had put up the poster in response to a recent unconfirmed story that North Korean men are now only allowed to wear the same haircut as their young leader, who took power after the death of his father Kim Jong-il in December 2011.
“We didn’t realise but the North Korean embassy is a 10-minute walk from the salon. The next day we had North Korean officials pop into the salon asking to speak to the manager,” he said.
“He (Mo Nabbach) went to Ealing police station afterwards to file a report just in case anything happened to the salon overnight. Apparently they (the apparent North Korean officials) went to the police as well.”
“We haven’t had any trouble since then, if anything the poster has become a tourist attraction. It was just something that had been in the news, and the North Korean officials didn’t even have the haircut.
“We always put up little offers in the window, it’s harmless. We were just making light of a bad situation in North Korea.”
Police confirmed that they had stepped in to resolve the issue.