Months after making headlines for his visit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, Dennis Rodman is back in the impoverished communist country, this time bringing along former NBA players to play against its national basketball team.
Rodman, who played in the NBA for 15 years and now fancies himself as a “diplomat,” has been criticized for his odd relationship with the dictator, who allegedly killed his own uncle and has continued to persecute tens of thousands of people in its prison camps.
The former basketball star has insisted that he’s just “trying to open…everyone’s minds” about North Korea. In fact, before leaving for the trip to North Korea to visit his BFF, Rodman told a reporter that the regime “is not bad” and said that Kim is “actually trying to change” the country.”
But Rodman had a bit of meltdown — to put it mildly — last night on CNN when he was asked about that relationship and about an American who is being held as a prisoner by the North Korean regime:
Dennis Rodman lashed out at CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday morning after the CNN host questioned his friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his exhibition basketball game in the secretive country.
“I love my friend. This is my friend,” said Rodman, who was flanked by fellow former NBA player Charles D. Smith.
Throughout the interview, Cuomo asked Rodman repeatedly how he could be friends with someone who killed his own uncle. He also asked Rodman questions about American Kenneth Bae, who has been held in North Korea for over a year. The interview seemed to be the first that Rodman hasn’t sidestepped the issue by denying it was any of his business.
“The one thing about politics, Kenneth Bae did one thing. If you understand — if you understand what Kenneth Bae did,” Rodman said. “Do you understand what he did? In this country?”
“What did he do?” Cuomo said. “You tell me.”
“You tell me,” Rodman said. “You tell me. Why is he held captive?”
Here’s the video of the interview. Rodman completely goes nuts at the end of the video, screaming at CNN host Chris Cuomo that he doesn’t “give a f**k” or a “rat’s ass” about what he thinks:
Estimates may vary depending on the study, but The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression estimated that three million people were killed by the North Korean government, both directly and indirectly, between 1950 to 1997. A separate study estimated that as many as one million North Koreans died because of famine or Communist purges between 1993 to 2008.
Rodman apparently doesn’t realize that Kim is showing him the North Korea that he wants him to see. But, by all means, if he thinks this communism country is “not bad,” he should stay there.