HBO and Vice magazine recently facilitated an unlikely meeting between NBA player Dennis Rodman and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
TheBlaze.com reported that Co-founder of Vice Shane Smith explained the purpose of sending Rodman was…
While aware that past visits by American celebrities have become propaganda material for North Korean officials, Mr. Smith said he was a “firm believer in dialogue.” He was also aware, he said, that “the last 50 years of diplomacy between North Korea and the U.S. has failed.” But then he quickly added: “We’re not trying to save the world. We’re not politicians. We’re trying to show people something that they won’t see anywhere else.”
The big news to come out of the meeting however was the comments from Rodman that followed during an ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos.
Stephanopoulos stopped Rodman in his tracks following a comment about how much North Koreans respect their leader, asking, “Aren’t they forced to?”
He also pushed back against the NBA star’s visiting because of North Korea’s abysmal human rights record and their dictators use of prison camps.
That the U.S. does the “same thing”.
Watch the full interview here:
“Okay. So let’s try to understand what he’s saying here. What he’s saying is, you know, first part is “We do the same thing.” He’s immediately thinking of that lefty, you know, “Prison camps are overwhelmed with people like, you know, illegal aliens and drug dealers,” Glenn said after hearing the interview. ” I have no idea. Then he goes on to ‑‑ and I bet that’s what it is. Then he goes on to, “Well, it’s just political. He doesn’t want to do that. It’s just political. ” So that’s probably Guantanamo Bay. If he’s talking about political, saying that people we pick up on the battlefield who are shooting at our troops, those are political prisoners.”
“I think you’re giving him way to much credit to think that he had a rational thought that led to that sentence,” Stu responded.