Dennis Rodman sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Kim Jong-un before North Korea basketball game

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I hope Dennis Rodman is right. I hope this game between former NBA players and a North Korean team brings cultural understanding, and with it, change to a country that badly needs it.

But to everyone who decried this trip as a twisted birthday present to Kim Jong-un, a charge driven by Rodman’s own comments, Rodman serenading Jong-un in the above video is both creepy and supportive of their stance.

I don’t know. Maybe watching out-of-shape NBA players lose, 47-39 to the North Koreans, will inspire something positive. But I think a global icon like Rodman bowing to the Dear Leader might just symbolize and reinforce a dangerous power structure in North Korea.