Feb 26, 2013, 9:00 AM EST
It’s been only two weeks since North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test in defiance of UN bans against atomic and missile activity, and because they must be severely punished, we have sent them Dennis Rodman.
Actually, call him peace ambassador Dennis Rodman, who arrived in Pyongyand today to engage in what his media company, Vice, calls “a little basketball diplomacy.” Rodman will participate in basketball camps for North Korean children and, along with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters, play games with North Korea’s top teams.
Wait, three members of the Globetrotters? Don’t they need a fifth guy? Time to suit up, dear leader.
Rodman and the production crew are shooting material for a TV show to air on HBO in early April. Video here.
“It’s my first time, I think it’s most of these guys’ first time here, so hopefully everything’s going to be OK, and hoping the kids have a good time for the game,” Rodman told reporters after arriving in Pyongyang.
“Is sending the Harlem Globetrotters and Dennis Rodman to the DPRK strange? In a word, yes,” said Shane Smith, the VICE founder who is host of the upcoming series, referring to North Korea by the initials of its formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “But finding common ground on the basketball court is a beautiful thing.”
It’s all a wonderful gesture and sure to bring peace in our time, and I’m only sad that we also didn’t send Gary Busey.
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