By JG Vibes
April 17, 2013
Earlier this month basketball star Dennis Rodman went to North Korea with members of the Harlem Globetrotters to host a basketball camp for local children. After this visit many people, including myself were hoping that maybe this could be some sign of diplomacy, but now it is starting to seem like this is just some sort of crazy publicity stunt.
“I’m going back August 1,” Rodman told Gossip Extra. “We have no plans really, as far as what we’re going to do over there, but we’ll just hang and have some fun!”
When asked about Kim Jong Un, Rodman said “He (Un) just wants to be loved. He just wants to sit down and talk. That’s all.”
“I’m not a total idiot,” said Rodman. “I know what Kim Jong-un is threatening to do regarding his military muscle. I hope it doesn’t happen because America will take whatever actions to protect America and our allies. I do think, umm, you know, that we have to talk to people who want to cause us harm so hopefully they won’t.”
While this may seem like your typical worthless celebrity story at face value, art, sports and entertainment can be very effective ways of connecting with people who are on opposing ends of conflicts that neither of them truly want.
At the same time, Dennis Rodman seems to be fumbling this opportunity, by going along with the mainstream media line on war in general, and ignoring the tyranny that Kim Jong Un is inflicting on the North Korean population.
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J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter-culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer, reporter for dev-test.intellihub.com and Executive Producer of the Bob Tuskin Radio Show. You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com
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