From the Department of WTF: Dennis Rodman is making a diplomatic trip to North Korea. Why? I have no idea. Maybe that country has a thing for pathetic has-been athletes who spend all their time getting drunk and making people feel uncomfortable.
The flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman is heading to North Korea , to become an unlikely ambassador for sports diplomacy at a time of heightened tensions between the US and North Korea.
Rodman, three members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, and a film crew from the Vice media company are visiting the communist country to shoot footage for a TV show set to air on HBO in early April, Vice told the Associated Press before the group’s departure from Beijing…
Vice said the Americans hoped to engage in a little “basketball diplomacy” in North Korea by running a sports camp for children and playing games with local people – and by competing alongside North Korea’s top athletes in an exhibition match they hope will be attended by the leader, Kim Jong-un.
“At a time when tensions between the two countries are running high, it’s important to keep lines of cultural communication open, no matter how non-traditional those channels may be,” said Shane Smith, the Vice founder who is hosting the TV series. “It’s important to show North Koreans that America is not their enemy, and playing a game we both love is a step in the right direction.”
The mind boggles.