WASHINGTON — If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ever visited Ben’s Chili Bowl, he’d have to pay cash like nearly everyone else.
Comedian Bill Cosby, who loves the restaurant and has a long-standing relationship with the owner’s family, is one of the few whose half smoke tab is covered when he drops by.
But on Monday, Cosby’s now-controversial image on a mural at the restaurant was covered up by none other than the Dear Leader.
A cutout of the North Korean dictator obscured Cosby’s face in the painting at the U Street Northwest location.
A street artist, who posts under the name “Smear Leader,” took credit for the work.
“Instead of looking at a sexual predator, people can celebrate in jubilation that the great leader is now on their Wall,” a post reads.
He referred to the restaurant at “Kim’s Chili Bowl.”
Shortly after the image appeared, someone tore Jong Un’s face down from the mural.
Representatives for the restaurant didn’t comment on the vandalism. A painting of President Barack Obama, which occupies the portion of the mural closest to Cosby, was not defaced.
It has continued supporting Cosby, despite dozens of accusations he took advantage of women.
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