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100 Hours of Humo(u)r – Hour 44: Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong Un: New BFFs

By Dave Fox
Singapore

100hours-logo4Sometimes, it takes a lot of work to pull humor out of a news story. Sometimes, the comedy writes itself. Take this headline yesterday on CNN.com:

Dennis Rodman is North Korean leader’s ‘friend for life’

Yes, according to CNN, the flamboyant NBA basketball star and Kim Jong Un, leader of the world’s cruelest dictatorship, are now BFFs.

Rodman went to North Korea to watch a Harlem Globetrotters game. Because, what, they weren’t playing anywhere closer to home? CNN reported:

“You have a friend for life,” Rodman told Kim Jong Un after the two men sat next to each other watching an unusual basketball exhibition in Pyongyang, North Korea.

“An unusual basketball exhibition.” No. The Harlem Globetrotters have been around for years They are no longer unusual. Rodman and Kim were not watching an unusual basketball exhibition. They were an unusual basketball exhibition.

Video showed the duo palling around in front-row seats. There were no interpreters, no “minders” — just Rodman and Kim, giggling together, as the Globetrotters performed their antics.

It gets weirder. Rodman and the Globetrotters were also invited to dinner at Kim’s palace, where the theme song to the TV show, “Dallas,” reportedly played over and over.

Meanwhile, back in reality, in the last two weeks, North Korea has been performing underground nuclear tests and threatening the United States with “miserable destruction.”

I dunno, maybe Rodman is on to something. Maybe he feels safer tossing back shots of Hennessy with a man who bears an eerie real-life resemblance to “South Park” cartoon character Eric Cartman, than he feels sitting around at home waiting for miserable destruction. Now that they’re Facebook friends (which we can only assume), maybe Kim will get it that not all Americans are evil.

But “Dennis Rodman, international ambassador?” I fear for the future of our planet.

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Published on Sunday, March 3, 2013

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