Dennis Rodman sings Happy Birthday to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the name of “basketball diplomacy.”
Dennis Rodman has been heavily criticized in the United States after the former NBA star took it upon himself to sing Happy Birthday to Kim Jon Un. According to Rodman, the singing should be seen as diplomatic. However, many were unamused and claim that Rodman should be more proactive in freeing Americans who are trapped in the region.
The incident took place at a Pyongyang stadium on Wednesday where Dennis Rodman and other former NBA stars were set to play a game. Before taking the court, Rodman dedicated the game to his “best friend” Kim and sang Happy Birthday to the controversial leader.
While Rodman is one of very few high profile people to meet Kim Jong-Un, he does not get involved in politics. According to Rodman, he has a genuine friendship with the North Korean leader that goes beyond the political spectrum.
Meanwhile, the other former NBA participants said that the singing was unexpected and that they have no involvement with Rodman outside the court.
Americans criticized Rodman for not using his friendship with Kim Jong-Un to free Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae. Bae is currently being held in North Korea for alleged “anti-state” crimes.
In an interview with CNN about his trip, Dennis Rodman stated:
“If you understand what Kenneth Bae did … Do you understand what he did in this country? Why is he held captive in this country?”
However, Bae’s sister Terri Chung expressed her rage against Rodman as she told reporters,
“He is playing games with my brother’s life. There is no diplomacy, only games, and at my brother’s expense. He is clearly uninformed about Kenneth’s case, and he is certainly not in any position to pass judgment.
Why Did Dennis Rodman Sing Happy Birthday to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.