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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on February 26th, 2013 at 5:51 am

Dennis Rodman Is So Desperate for Money He Becomes Prop for North Korean Propaganda

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Vice Media and Dennis Rodman have just given the Kim regime some great domestic propaganda to show their people how decadent Americans are:

Dennis Rodman at the departure hall of Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing on Feb. 26, 2013.  Image via TIME magazine.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman brought his basketball skills Tuesday and flamboyant style – neon-bleached hair, tattoos, nose studs and all – to the isolated communist country with possibly the world’s drabbest dress code: North Korea.
Arriving in Pyongyang, the American athlete and showman known as ”The Worm” became an unlikely ambassador for sports diplomacy at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Or maybe not so unlikely: Young leader Kim Jong Un is said to have been a fan of the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, when Rodman won three championships with the club.

Rodman is joining three members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team for a Vice Media production to air on HBO in early April, Vice founder Shane Smith told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview before the group’s departure from Beijing.
Smith said the Americans hope to engage in a little ”basketball diplomacy” by running a basketball camp for children and playing pickup games with locals, and by competing alongside top athletes of North Korea – formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. [Associated Press]

The North Koreans could not have asked for better propaganda than Dennis Rodman to reinforce the stereotype of evil, monster Americans that the North Korean public is indoctrinated with from the day they are born:

Image via Business Insider.

It appears Rodman is having the propaganda effect the Kim regime is expecting:

Shown a photo of a snarling Rodman, piercings dangling from his lower lip and two massive tattoos emblazoned on his chest, one North Korean in Pyongyang recoiled and said: “He looks like a monster!”

At least the Globetrotters look presentable though the afro is sure to draw some stares:

This whole basketball diplomacy idea is a bunch of nonsense.  If this was about basketball diplomacy there would be no HBO special, no one would be getting paid anything, and Dennis Rodman would be the last basketball player you would want to send on such a mission.  Vice Media is in North Korea because it is a hot topic right now and they know this will cause more people to watch their show when it airs on HBO in April.  They also know Dennis Rodman in North Korea is another great way to draw eyeballs to their show.  For Rodman’s part he just likely needs the money so is willing to play the part of a circus clown in North Korea.  I am assuming the three Globetrotters are also getting a decent paycheck as well to participate.

(Note: I am assuming these guys are getting paid by Vice Media though the article does not say.)

So basically everyone is getting what they want, Vice Media: exposure, Globetrotters and Rodman: money, and the Kim regime: domestic propaganda.  This is the type of engagement that the Kim regime is more than willing to continue to agree to if they can keep getting American circus clowns to come to their country and be domestic propaganda props for them.

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  • Spelunker
    11:32 am on February 26th, 2013 1

    Rodman owes a half million bucks to his ex-wife in a settlement arranged last month. According to Rodman’s agent in an interview with AP, this North Korea tour was booked a month ago. Thus it went down something like this… “FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS? §£¥# :!: I’m goin’ to #€&%@Ñ North Korea, man…$£¥#.

  • Smokes
    2:49 pm on February 26th, 2013 2

    I think I know that solider in the propaganda picture up there, he was a jerk and all but I had no idea he was dropping babies down wells while sporting a weapon I don’t think the avaerage US soldier has ever been issued.

    Anyhoo… who’s writing for the AP these days? I don’t think Rodman’s done the neon hair thing in over 10 years.

    In anycase I don’t blame him, when you got bills to pay you’ll resort to anything, if anyone’s to blame it’s the government for allowing this kind of hooha to happen at all.

  • tbonetylr
    3:14 pm on February 26th, 2013 3

    Republicans ain’t got a monopoly on stupid so as John Kerry says “Americans have a right to be stupid.”If he were going alone that would be one thing but he’s not, they asked the Globetrotters to ask an NBA player and they came up with D. He’s probably getting a little rubntug on the side too.

  • Flunky Brewster
    4:00 pm on February 26th, 2013 4

    North Korea announced today that former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been arrested and is being held on charges of espionage for sending coded messages on his cell phone. Rodman’s lawyer denied the charges and said that he was just “Rapping with Snoop Doggy Dog” and his North Korean handlers misunderstood what was being said. The North Korean leadership said they would release Mr. Rodman for $200 million worth of financial assistance.

    (1 month later)
    It has now been 30 days since Dennis Rodman was taken priosner by the North Korean regime and no one can comfirm or deny the reports that he is being sexually tortured by his North Korean captors but pictures have appeared on the internet of Rodman wearing a wedding gown. Again. The North Korean leadership said it would release Mr. Rodman for $25 million worth of financial assistance.

    1 month later
    We have now confirmed that Mr. Rodman was in fact sexually tortured by North Korean torture experts and his response was “Is that all you got, biatches? That was nothing compared to a party at Madonna’s mansion.” The North Korean leadership is begging any country to please accept Mr. Rodman as a political refugee.

    1 month later
    We can now confirm that Dennis Rodman has joined the North Korean regime as the new Chief of sexual torture or, as his new title implies, “Dr. Kinkystein.” He was the featured on a May Day parade float wearing his pink boa and leather outfit with a number of male and female performers. The Great Leader’s wife is rumored to be pregnant with Rodman’s baby, or as everyone is calling it “The Spawn of Satan.” The UN has promised North Korea $2 billion worth of aid if they will keep Mr. Rodman. “Just keep him and don’t let him leave. Please. For the sake of humanity.”

  • Avatar of kangajikangaji
    4:17 pm on February 26th, 2013 5

    The last people that cast Rodman on a TV program related to terrorist regimes ruined one of my favorite shows.

  • kushibo
    5:13 pm on February 26th, 2013 6

    Dennis Rodman will do fine with his Nonggu diplomacy. He’s used to being around an isolated, conservative people who prize their racial homogeneity: He’s from Newport Beach.

  • MTB Rider
    5:56 pm on February 26th, 2013 7–nba.html

    Before you jump all over Dennis, remember that when I bought car insurance in the States to ship my car to South Korea, I was told my coverage only covered driving in South Korea. The Agent said that I would need seperate insurance before I took any trips into North Korea!

    Like buying a Tourista Visa and One Day Insurance to drive down to Ensenada…

  • Burma Bob
    8:52 pm on February 26th, 2013 8

    Weapon guy is carrying is the M3 grease gun which was chambered for .45. I think tankers were issued these up until the 80′s?

  • Onezime
    9:13 pm on February 26th, 2013 9

    “North Korea – formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”


    Besides that, I read he rarely showed up in class. He was too busy playing video games and watching basketball on TV.

  • Conway Eastwood
    9:42 pm on February 26th, 2013 10

    Soldier’s chevrons are upside-down on his helmet. Probably spent so much time at the AAFES, he forgot. :lol:

  • Bruce K. Nivens
    5:48 pm on February 27th, 2013 11

    I assume Mr. Rodman and his friends are aware that the North Korean government touts racial purity and is filled with people who consider North Koreans to be racially superior to everyone else, even over their Korean neighbors to the south. The basketball folks might consider this event to be a form of diplomacy, but the North Koreans are likely looking at it more as a carnival sideshow.

    Still, as Jimmy Kimmel pointed out last night: Wouldn’t it be something if Dennis Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters were able to bring an end to the North Korean nuclear threat? The diplomats have been trying for years… Why not let the basketball players have a crack at it?

  • Paul
    11:20 am on February 28th, 2013 12

    Dear Rodman, please save us from another terrible Vice production.

  • JoeC
    1:12 pm on February 28th, 2013 13

    Who’s using who here?


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