I know that many Americans are angry at Dennis Rodman, but let’s take a moment to consider the source:
First of all, every adult should be able to pick whomever they want to for friendship, even if that friend is considered by some to be a crazy tyrant. In addition, every adult should be able to travel anywhere they want to in the world, even if that place is extremely dangerous. However, the caveat is that if you get to where you’re going and you get yourself in trouble, that’s on you – you’re totally on your own! With the internet and vast access to media, there’s plenty of ways to research the location where you plan to travel. You alone should be responsible for knowing the laws, rules, and the culture of the place that you’re planning to visit. If after that knowledge you decide to travel anyway, you’re on your own!
Now regarding good ol’ Dennis and this North Korea trip fiasco. Dennis is NOT, I repeat, NOT a diplomat, nor was the purpose of his trip diplomatic – it was a basketball exhibition. Let’s think about it: If you were trapped in a foreign country with a maniacal ruler, would you really want Dennis to speak on your behalf? I don’t think so, that sounds pretty dangerous. That’s a job that should definitely be left up to the experts, and that certainly wouldn’t describe Dennis under these circumstances!
Furthermore, as I looked at the footage of Dennis’ disastrous interview with Chris Cuomo, did you see the look of terror on the faces of some of the NBA players? There is no telling what horrors and fearful moments these folks have experienced while in North Korea. Let’s face it, they probably went there on Dennis’ word that it would be a safe and fun environment. However, what may be “safe and fun” to Rodman is probably “Clockwork Orange” to most anyone else! Did you happen to see Dennis on Celebrity Apprentice and Celebrity Rehab? The only way to describe his behavior and antics are sad and pathetic. You know that Dennis is partying it up like crazy over there – he certainly sounded drunk to me!
Looking at the stricken expressions of those players, you have to wonder if there were some heavily-armed men standing off-camera to make sure that nothing bad was said against the North Korean regime. This group of men probably traveled there because of a desperate need for money; Now, they’re basically trapped in a strange and dangerous country, with a ruler who is rumored to have fed his own uncle to the dogs. And of course, the list of atrocities doesn’t end there. Come on now – this is NOT someone you’d want to piss off!!! They probably went there thinking that this would be an easy payday, but they probably didn’t factor that their departure would basically be in the hands of someone who many believe to be a lunatic!!! Under those circumstances, I’d have a stricken look on my face, too!
Hey, did anyone ever consider that instead of Dennis being just plain crazy, that perhaps in this situation, he’s really being crazy like a fox? Think about it: His freedom also depends on the favor of this dictator so I can understand why he’d go off on a reporter who is safely located in the United States, but is asking questions that could get him and the rest of the group jailed or killed! It seems to me that Chris Cuomo was more interested in ratings than in the safety of fellow American citizens who are in this precarious situation. Yes, it’s a situation that they willingly got themselves into, but those questions could’ve waited until they were safely home. Dennis and the rest of the NBA players are just that: Basketball Players! It’s unfair to expect them to negotiate the release of a person jailed in a foreign country, being held by a tyrant. Perhaps Dennis’ outburst was his attempt to show support to Kim Jong Un so that they themselves wouldn’t get fed to the dogs!
I kind of think that it’s a good thing for the North Korean people to see Americans in a different capacity than the propaganda they’re usually fed. Even if some Americans consider Dennis to be a buffoon (and that’s being polite), in the eyes of the North Koreans, his jovial personality might be making a good impression on an oppressed people. I’m sure they’re smart enough to see that this is entertainment – I mean the Harlem Globetrotters also visited there. So, if Dennis is making an oppressed people laugh and smile, he’s probably also softening their hearts and minds, and that has to be a good thing.
Yeah, I know, I’m probably giving the people involved in this saga way too much credit, but you have to admit: It is a possibility….