(LOS ANGELES) — The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il sparked a widespread reaction from Twitter users, many of whom were familiar with the despot from the 2004 cartoon parody movie Team America: World Police, by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the makers of South Park.
The term “Team America” shot to the top of the Twitter trends list, joining the terms “North Korea” and “Kim Jong Il” as news of Kim’s death spread Monday. The movie depicts Kim as a terrorist with an Asian Elmer Fudd accent who lures world leaders to a peace conference while simultaneously planning attacks in their home countries with weapons of mass destruction.
The American “World Police” are tasked with stopping the dictator and saving the world.
Kim, a noted film enthusiast, never commented publicly on the film, but did ask the Czech Republic to ban the movie.
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