Dennis Rodman's North Korea trip a poorly-crafted joke
If you want to annoy a relentless publicity whore, dismiss his entire existence in a single sentence. Like this: Dennis Rodman is a desperate and pathetic character who will do anything to get noticed, probably to make up for the fact that his father had dozens of kids and ignored him, so Dennis has to stand out any way he can. I was reminded of this again this week, when Rodman visited North Korea, presumably because he heard North Korean women are hot. Rodman gleefully allowed himself to be used as a publicity prop by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, who runs one of the world's most brutal regimes, but hold on, folks, breaking news from Dennis Rodman! "He loves basketball," Rodman reported back to George Stephanopoulos of ABC. "I said Obama loves basketball. Let's start there." What a great idea! Why didn't President Obama think of this? Rodman also said of North Korea's dictator: "He said: I don't want to do war. He said that to me." (We pause for a moment to imagine that this was all an elaborate plot by the CIA: Dennis Rodman gets Kim Jong-un drunk and asks if he wants to "do war." What do you think? I lean no, but if Rodman gets face time with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, I will re-evaluate.) This is all sort of hilarious, except for the fact that North Korea has imprisoned hundreds of thousands of its own citizens, according to Human Rights Watch. And tens of thousands of North Koreans have starved to death, but the government refuses to acknowledge the problem. Kim Jong-un is continuing the oppressive rule of his father, Kim Jong-il. Yeah. It's funny, except for all that. Rodman's idiotic comments were not surprising. If you send a clown to the international stage, you get a clown show. Rodman is not malicious. I doubt Rodman gave 10 seconds of thought to the hundreds of thousands of people being tortured. Rodman thrives on getting people to say, "Whoa, he's different." This, in part, explains his basketball excellence. While most players of his skill level would try to fulfill conventional roles, Rodman focused on rebounding and playing defense, and he did both as well as anybody of his generation. He actually seemed to enjoy not scoring, because ... whoa, that was different. Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nba/news/20130304/dennis-rodman-north-korea/#ixzz2Mg5AT6ry
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