When the handlers of Justin Bieber decided to host a public vote for
where the teen heartthrob would perform next, they probably didn't have
North Korea in mind. However, thanks to a group of pranksters at the
imageboard site 4chan, the authoritarian communist nation is leading the poll
With only one
day of voting left, North Korea boasts 570,139 votes, outstripping the
next-highest country Israel, which has received 563,383. However, it's safe to say the
16-year-old Canadian singer probably won't be headed to Pyongyang
anytime soon. The fact that almost all
North Koreans are denied Internet
access suggests the votes are coming from outside the country. On top of
that, 4chan users—who already rigged
Time's Top 100 list—clearly
organized a "send him to North Korea
However, The Wire is still holding out hope that he might make it to the Hermit Kingdom. A spokesman for the North
Korean embassy helpfully tells the BBC that "any application for
16-year-old Bieber to tour would be dealt with by its mission to the
United Nations, although the matter would be referred to Pyongyang."
Screen shots of Beiber's My World Tour promotional poster and online poll page below:
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