A haircut ad involving the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, has been called “disrespectful” by North Korean officials and already requested to be taken down. U.K. police confirmed this Tuesday that they were forced to take formal measures into their own hands after a hairdresser in London began using advertisement posters offering discount haircuts that showcased none other than Kim Jong Un. NewsMax reports this Wednesday, April 16 2014, that the hairdresser was initially standing his ground, saying that it was his right to use the picture.
While it may not be more than a case of a bad hair day, the haircut ad North Korea issue involves British hairdresser Mo Nabbach. He revealed to the London Evening Standard paper that a pair of U.K. officials first captured images of his workplace, M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, then proceeded to urge him to take the “disrespectful” ad down.
The controversial poster itself has a big photo of Kim Jong Un, showcasing his well-known haircut. Below the image of the North Korean leader and his signature haircut reads the words,
“Bad hair day? 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April."
Nabbach had his own choice words for the accusatory Britsh officials, however. He asserted that it his freedom of speech that gives him the right to use such an ad, and that he wasn’t taking the posters down without a fight.
"I told them this is England and not North Korea and told them to get their lawyers," the newspaper noted in their report. "The two guys were wearing suits and they were very serious. It was very threatening."
However, the Huffington Post adds today that Nabbach has in fact taken the photo down from his fashion photography and hair salon workplace. Police officials confirmed that they had indeed made a visit to Nabbach in order to help ease the tension.
"Officers spoke to both parties involved and no offence was disclosed," a Metropolitan Police spokesman announced in a statement.
No response has since been given by the North Korean embassy over the haircut ad controversy, though it is likely that the issue been resolved. What are your thoughts over the hairdresser being asked to take down the “offensive” picture of Kim Jong Un and his classic haircut as an eye-catching advertisement?