He’s no Marilyn Monroe, but Dennis Rodman led a stunning rendition of Happy Birthday to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, which was slightly more coherent than his recent interview on CNN.
Dennis Rodman and a bunch of former NBA players he recruited (who are probably already regretting their decision) are in North Korea to play basketball in honour of Kim Jong Un’s birthday. The US basketball star sang Happy Birthday to Kim Jong Un in front of a crowd of thousands in the capital before leading the squad of former NBA stars in a friendly game of basketball. Rodman, who is apparently tone deaf, stopped short of going into the “how old are you now” verse, as the North Korean leader’s official birthday and age have never been confirmed.
But the crowd in the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium ate it up, clapping and waving as Rodman sang Happy Birthday to his self-proclaimed “best friend”. It is not clear yet whether the audience was clapping because they loved the song or if they were clapping because not doing so would be instant execution.
To keep the game friendly, the Americans played against the North Korean team in the first half, but split up and merged teams for the second half. Presumably the Americans let the North Koreans will the first half, as they scored 47 points to 39. Rodman opted to only play the first half and spent the rest of the match sitting next to the birthday boy.
“A lot of people have expressed different views about me and your leader, your marshal, and I take that as a compliment,” Rodman told the crowd. “Yes, he is a great leader, he provides for his people here in this country and thank God the people here love the marshal.”
Rodman, who is on his fourth trip to North Korea in a much ridiculed “basketball diplomacy” mission, is no stranger to controversy. Tattoos and piercings aside, Rodman has been criticized for being chummy chummy with Kim Jong Un given his less than stellar human rights record and constant nuclear threats.
In a recent interview with CNN, Rodman was once again pressed about using his sway over Kim Jong Un to help release Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour in May 2013. In an incoherent ramble, a visibly angry Rodman seemed to imply that Bae was at fault for being held captive, telling CNN’s Chris Cuomo:
“The one thing about politics, Kenneth Bae did one thing. If you understand, if you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did? In this country? You tell me. You tell me. Why is he held captive?”
I wonder what he’ll be saying when Kim Jong Un finally gets bored of his new toy and locks him up in a labour camp?
Via: CTV News