Dennis Rodman, for better or for worse, is America’s only real liaison to North Korea. Rodman did visit The Hermit Kingdom with VICE for a little basketball diplomacy, and now considers the country’s ruler, Kim Jong-un, a “friend for life.”
But making an historic trip and getting his name back in the papers for a few months wasn’t enough for Rodman. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, he outlined what he’s done to deserve Nobel Peace Prize consideration:
“My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” Rodman says. “Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama’s] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.”
Not knowing why it’s your job to “smooth things over”? Referring to your president and a former winner of this same award as “the black guy”? That sounds like a Nobel Prize laureate alright.
If Rodman deserves any kind of award — and he doesn’t — it would be “Most Improved.” Because, according to Rodman: “[b]efore I landed in Pyongyang, I didn’t know Kim Jong-un from Lil’ Kim… I didn’t know what country he ruled or what went on in the country he ruled.” The fact that he knows a dictator from the female member of the Junior M.A.F.I.A. means the Worm has grown leaps and bounds since his trip. Give this man a Most Improved medal and let’s go home.
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