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There’s more to this South Korean politician’s airport swagger than you might think

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There’s making an entrance and then there’s making an entrance, and South Korean politician Kim Moo-sung certainly did the latter when he returned to Seoul after a trip to Japan.

Walking through the automatic sliding doors with a swagger and smoothness typically displayed by someone like Steph Curry, Kim, without giving it a second glance, simply slides his canary yellow (!!) suitcase to a waiting assistant.

Check it out all over again.

Many on Twitter praised the entrance:

But there’s more to the scene than you think.

As Quartz notes, there’s been some discussion in South Korea over the no-look pass and how it reflects male entitlement and treatment of subordinates, as well as a certain tinge of aloof misbehavior on Kim’s part.

Indeed, Kim’s response to questions about the roll seems borderline indignant, even when allowing for something lost in the translation: “I just saw my aide and gave (my luggage) to him. Why should I explain? I do not really care.”

That’s not to say some haven’t made light of the clip.

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