Image of Rodman via Twitter.
Dennis Rodman has been experiencing a bit of regret lately concerning his decision to become ‘friends for life‘ with North Korean despot Kim Jong Un. First the apologies, then the rehab, and now Rodman is proposing that, what the hell, he’ll just switch places with Kenneth Bae, an American missionary imprisoned in North Korea.
This is, to put it lightly, a bit of a turn around. Only a few weeks ago, Rodman was in a shitstorm of controversy after he hopped on CNN and suggested that Kenneth Bae was probably asking for it when he was imprisoned by North Korean authorities. Bae’s family responded, saying that Rodman “has refused to help, that’s his choice, but instead he has chosen to make these outrageous accusations that he clearly doesn’t know anything about.” Rodman later covered his ass with this elegant apology:
I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry. […] I had been drinking. It’s not an excuse but by the time the interview happened, I was upset. I was overwhelmed.
Rodman’s tone has now changed, either because he has sobered up and realized that one can’t really “be friends” with a family-killing, prison-camp running psychopath, or because he thinks that North Korea is so great he’d like to live there long-term. Regardless of motive, Rodman is now proposing that he and Bae become two halves of a switcharoo, and maybe CNN anchor Chris Cuomo as well. Reuters reports:
Earlier this month, an agitated, drunken Rodman gave an interview with CNN from North Korea in which he suggested that Bae was responsible for his imprisonment.
Rodman, who has made four trips to North Korea, said he knew nothing of Bae’s case when he first mentioned him – and still does not.
“I have sympathy – I don’t want anyone in any country or anywhere in the world to be hostage for something maybe they did or did not do,” Rodman said in Friday’s interview.
“I would do anything … if they said, ‘We’ll take Dennis Rodman and we’ll let Kenneth Bae go’, you know what? I’d do that, straight ahead. Take me. I would do that.”
He also offered to take his CNN interviewer, Chris Cuomo, to North Korea with him.
Bae was detained in North Korea in 2012 while leading a tour group and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for subversion.
Rodman may be sobered-up, but with a sentence like “I don’t want anyone in any country or anywhere in the world to be hostage for something maybe they did or did not do” it may be a stretch to say he’s thinking clearly. No word yet if Kim Jong Un is willing to swap Bae for ‘The Worm,’ but as the bizarreness of the Rodman/DPRK relationship escalates, nothing is off the table.