Dating rodney rothman
They didn’t realize we had a camera rolling 24-7 [for a BBC-produced documentary]. ” DJ: Do you get any money from the North Korean government? How they want to rewrite the peace treaty, they want us to get the ships out of South Korea.
DR: I’ve never told this to anyone, but the last time I was there, they just came out and started saying stuff about what they want from Americans.
But when I heard that [political discussion] me and my friend were like, Oh my God, now it’s getting serious.
You cannot run, you cannot walk, you have to get in this escalator.
The producers reached out to Rodman, inviting him to North Korea for an exhibition basketball game alongside three members of the Harlem Globetrotters. Rodman’s first trip to North Korea took place in February 2013. He calls Kim a “friend for life,” and as a result has been condemned by some in America as a traitor and a dupe. New buildings were popping up and [Kim] is building all these new condos and hotels. He jokes and loves playing basketball, table tennis, pool.
But however you judge him, the provocative basketball player is now a potential source of information about a country that is inaccessible to most of the world. He built the largest water park in the world, a ski resort and this big bowling alley. You could go bowl for a quarter all day or go swimming all day for like 50 cents. I wish they had somebody that could actually come back with me. ” I’ve been around him and his compound, I’ve been to his vacation spots. When I walked into that stadium [for the first game], I sat down, and this little guy walks in.
The oversized women’s sunglasses he wears will remain secured to his face for the duration of the interview. For the uninitiated, the story goes like this: As part of a documentary series they were creating, producers at the media company Vice gained access to the Communist country—which is off-limits to Americans—by catering to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s obsession with the Chicago Bulls. DR: When he’s around his people, he’s just like anybody else.
at the Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura, Florida, and in walks Dennis Rodman—all six feet seven inches of him, wearing a tattered baseball cap emblazoned with “Cheetah Gentlemen’s Club,” a wrinkled cotton T-shirt, black nylon track pants and a pair of impossibly large boat shoes with laces tied in haphazard knots. But once he starts talking, he opens up and over the next two hours delivers as promised, with a frank conversation about North Korea, the nation that has consumed his life for the past 15 months. DJ: How would you describe Kim Jong-un’s personality?
From the outside looking in, we see only Kim Jong-un’s appalling human-rights record and his country’s notorious famines, state executions and other abuses—but Rodman has a different perspective. DJ: So in your view he’s “for the people,” yet he’s almost universally regarded as a hostile dictator. You’ve got a five-foot-one president in a small country that scares the shit out of people on this earth. If I would have seen something negative about him, I probably would have come back and said so. And for me, I’ve been dealing with negative publicity all my damn life. The Harlem Globetrotters were playing and I was sitting on the bench, and he sits right beside me. People were sitting there kissing his hand and crying and giving their babies to him.