Kim Jong Un Gets Rodman's TV Crew Wasted
No wonder Rodman called the leader an 'awesome guy'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2013 7:10 AM CST
Updated Mar 1, 2013 8:30 AM CST
Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and US players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, Feb. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/VICE Media, Jason Mojica)

(Newser) – Dennis Rodman apparently has a new BFF. As he was about to depart North Korea after his "sports diplomacy" trip, Rodman called Kim Jong Un an "awesome guy," the AP reports. (This after Rodman confirmed to Kim, "You have a friend for life.") So what did the two pals do last night? "They bonded" during a basketball game, says the founder of VICE Media, which is filming the whole thing for a TV special. That apparently led to Kim inviting everyone back to the palace for a party, reports the New York Times. VICE correspondent Ryan Duffy told his boss they "had a grand old time." Dinner, he says, "Was an epic feast. Felt like about 10 courses in total. I'd say the winners were the smoked turkey and sushi."

More proof it was an epic time: A VICE employee tweeted, "Um... so Kim Jong Un just got the #VICEonHBO crew wasted... no really, that happened." He also used the novel hashtag "#NoKoYOLO." Duffy later invited Kim to the US, and everyone laughed, he says. Before leaving, Rodman also called Kim's father Kim Jong Il and grandfather, North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, "great leaders," and noted that Kim himself is "so honest." Needless to say, many people are not amused.

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Mar 3, 2013 6:04 AM CST
Rodman was a hell of a basketball player but as for diplomat he can stay in NK.
Mar 2, 2013 8:07 PM CST
I understand how uneducated, glory-seeking ex-athletes can be duped, but c'mon, Mr. Rodman, the horrific crimes of Kim Jong Un, and his father and grandfather are so well documented as to be beyond question. What is happening in this grand-failure of an experiment in North Korea isn't socialism in the extreme or even communism. It is gangsterism, plain and simple. Kim Jong Un and his lineage are a mafia-style crime family that just happened to get control of North Korea and are sapping it for everything it's worth - the public be damned. They know the only way to retain power is to use brainwashied terror tactics on its own people and nuclear weaponry to blackmail the rest of the planet into leaving them alone (when they want it) and giving in to their demands for foodstuffs (when they need it). Evil is alive and well in North Korea, Mr. Rodman, and your attempts to legitimize it hurts the Korean people more than you can possibly imagine.
Mar 2, 2013 4:27 PM CST
I had a horse that was like that. wouldn't go near you UNLESS you gave him a carrot. Or apple or some other treat. then he was your BFF. Wonder if that says more about Rodman or my horse...