Trump Correcting Kim Jong-Un

Trump Correcting Kim Jong-Un

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Updated Jul 10, 2019 at 05:08PM EDT by Sophie.

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Trump Correcting Kim Jong-Un refers to two photographs taken of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un at their June 30th, 2019 meeting in North Korea. In the first picture, Kim is saying something while Trump looks on, and in the second, Trump says something else. The images began seeing use as object labeling memes in which Trump is obnoxiously correcting Kim in the second picture. In some variations, only the first photo is used, with Kim explaining something others may not care about, similar to the Mike Wazowski Explaining Things meme template.


On June 30th, 2019, President Trump and Kim Jong-Un met in North Korea to negotiate a nuclear agreement. During the meeting, Kim and Trump addressed reporters, leading to the photos used in the meme template.


On July 1st, the day after the pictures were taken, object labeling variations of the images were posted to /r/dankmemes. Early examples include a post by user ctnnb[1] called the first picture a new template in a post that gained over 35,000 points (shown below, left). User JayGee416[2] compared it to the "Monsters Inc. format," gaining over 16,000 points (shown below, right).

T Me trying to explain this new template to Reddit Reddit Uctonb 5 Redditors in new Me explaining why this is just a political version of the monsters inc. format

Shortly after the first picture began spreading as a meme, a variation with the second picture also began spreading, with Trump edited to be a more irritating character correcting Kim. For example, on July 9th, Redditor theslim_shadyreal[3] posted such a variation that gained over 82,000 points (shown below, left). On July 6th, the template was submitted to /r/MemeTemplatesOfficial[4] (shown below, right). On July 10th, the meme was covered by StayHipp.[5]

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in reply to Gumshoe

The negotiations accomplished way more than just symbolic handshaking. Trump has gotten Kim Jung Un and RoK President Moon Jae-in to have peace and reunification talks in person which resulted in the two Koreas formally agreeing to open a liasion office between each other. This office is the first inter-Korea government office opened since the Korean War. Both countries agreed to build a road reconnecting each other as well as re-establishing inter-Korea railroad transport that had been shut down in 08. All 22 of the frontline guard posts at the DMZ were disarmed with 20 of them being dismantled. Additionally, the cross border minefields at Arrowhead hill were demined by the two Koreas. A joint survey of the Han and Imjin river estuaries was also agreed upon and commissioned which allowed for the discovery of 21 reefs and an upadting of the region's maps, thereby providing some useful ecological and geological information for tourism, ecologic preservation, and gravel collection on the two rivers.

Even in symbolism, the Trump-Kim talks surpassed any of three previous US-DPRK talks in that Moon Jae-in was also allowed to scale the summit from the Korean side to the peak of the culturally important Mt Paektu, which is considered to be the most sacred area to the Koreas. Moon was also allowed to be the first South Korean leader to give a DPRK approved speech to North Korean citizen.


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