Dennis Rodman, facial piercings and all, landed in North Korea on Tuesday.
The 51-year-old rebounding maven arrived in Pyongyang along with three Harlem Globetrotters and a film crew, all part of a Vice Media production to air on HBO in early April. The fit may seem strange — a man who changed his hair color daily and posed on a book cover in a wedding dress versus a nation of bowl cuts and khakis — but Kim Jong-un is reportedly a fan of the 1990s Chicago Bulls and North Korea loves its pick-up hoops.
The best nugget from this AP story:
Shown a photo of a snarling Rodman, piercings dangling from his lower lip and two massive tattoos emblazoned on his chest, one North Korean in Pyongyang recoiled and said: “He looks like a monster!”
During a historic visit to North Korea in 2000, then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright presented Kim Jong Il, famously an NBA fan, with a basketball signed by Jordan that later went on display in the huge cave at Mount Myohyang that holds gifts to the leaders.
North Korea even had its own Jordan wannabe: Ri Myong Hun, a 7-foot-9 star player who is said to have renamed himself “Michael” after his favorite player and moved to Canada for a few years in the 1990s in hopes of making it into the NBA.
Dude changed his name to Michael?
The HBO series, “VICE Guide to North Korea,” will air on April 5. The U.S. State Department wasn’t consulted about the VICE trip, an official told the AP.
This is going to make a great sequel to Jonggy Boy: