The Best Twitter Reactions to Kim Jong-un's Majestic Horse Ride Through the North Korean Forest

"Not the Game of Thrones spinoff series I was hoping for."
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As it turns out, leaders of oppressive governments have a lot more in common than toxic policy. While intense authoritarian power or the starvation of citizens may be the first tenets that come to mind, that's not why we've gathered here today. Today's commonality is much more equestrian in nature. You see, the leaders of oppressive governments love a nice stroll on a horse. Vladimir Putin likes a shirtless trot in the summer (the air on his bare, hairless chest presumably makes him feel alive), but North Korea's Kim Jong Un is a winter boy. This is evidenced by the photos that North Korea's state media released Tuesday night.

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As soon as the photos found their way online, the internet embraced it for the high art that it is. Reportedly, the peak he's riding off to in the photos is Mount Paektu, a historically meaningful represented destination for the leader that typically prefaces upcoming policy announcements. Instead of speculating what fresh hell that might be, it's better to focus on the fact that the government noted that his eyes were sparkling—wait no. The quote is "full of noble glitters." Got it. In the wake of these majestic images, Twitter responded with jokes because it is important to laugh at (not with) volatile extremists on horseback.

And then people remembered why this looked so familiar.

Anyway, here's a reminder of what Russia's Vladimir Putin looks like nuzzling his horse shirtless, sporting sunglasses that you might see a high school football coach wearing.

Photo by Getty Images.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the editors.

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Justin Kirkland
Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture. Prior to Esquire, his work appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, and USA Today. He is from East Tennessee and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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