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.