The cover of the upcoming Sports Illustrated.
For some reason, I hate this. Sports Illustrated, what are you thinking here? Dennis Rodman is not icing over relations between hostile countries. He’s making friends with a brutal dictator, probably just for the press coverage, but even if he really likes Kim Jung Un, it’s not acceptable, and it’s not to be celebrated on the cover of your magazine.
Remember when Dennis Rodman said Kim Jung Un was a “friend for life,” and told ABC “You know, he’s a good guy to me. Guess what? He’s my friend. I don’t condone what he does … [but] as a person to person – he’s my friend.”
And then took pictures like this.
At least Rodman has the cognitive dissonance to separate and not “condone what he does”, like terrorize his citizens and run a prison-state defined by human rights crises. Otherwise, he’s probably pretty cool.
Rodman told SI: “Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama’s] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.”
And, “Fact is, he [Kim Jung Un] hasn’t bombed anywhere he’s threatened to yet. Not South Korea, not Hawaii, not … whatever. People say he’s the worst guy in the world. All I know is Kim told me he doesn’t want to go to war with America.”
As long as N. Korea doesn’t bomb anyone that they have threatened to bomb…
Dennis Rodman is not keeping us safe. That’s not a surprise. But he’s not to be excused by his eccentricities, or his free-spirited nature when it comes to North Korea. The situation in N. Korea isn’t a funny or media savvy way to get attention. Calling for his own Nobel Prize is as ridiculous as any thing Rodman has done (and this is DENNIS RODMAN). Rodman is way out of his depth. And it’s unfortunate that Sports Illustrated is providing a prop to keep his head above water.