What’s up with celebrities thinking they know better than everyone else? The latest pathetic example is Dennis Rodman.
Rodman recently spent four days in North Korea, a country I doubt he could
locate on a world map. I’m not saying this to be mean. Before his important meeting in North Korea, Rodman mentioned that
he might be lucky enough to meet the rapper Psy. The problem with that? Psy is a
rapper from South Korea, a country Rodman wasn’t gracing with his presence or
Anyway, what did our friend Dennis learn from this experience? He
walked away thinking the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is “an awesome kid” and a "great guy".
Let’s break this down, shall we?
Human rights groups assert that North Korea is among a group of
countries that are all noteworthy because of their horrific record on human
rights. Amnesty International has called for the closure of prison camps run by
the leader of North Korea. These prison camps house an estimated 200,000
political prisoners in what Amnesty International describes as “the most
inhumane conditions imaginable”. Human Rights Watch has said that North Koreans
are “some of the world’s most brutalized people.” An "awesome kid", Dennis? Really?
What about civil rights? North Koreans don't have any. Freedom of Speech? No. Freedom of religion? No. In fact, the father of "great guy" Kim, ordered all churches closed in the 1950s. All of them. Freedom of Movement? No. Not only can North Koreans not leave, they aren't allowed to move around within their own country. If you're a North Korean, better pray you don't have a child born with a disability. You see North Koreans aren't "allowed" to have a disability. Life expectancy for an infant born with a disability has been reported to be very short. Who needs a crippled baby, right, Dennis?
While its leader was
busy having dinner and sipping wine with Dennis, North Korea’s people were busy too. Busy starving.
North Korea is a place of death and famine. North Korea experienced a famine between 1994-1998 during which up to 3,500,000 of its citizens died from hunger. All the while, it's leader turned a blind eye to his people's suffering. As recently as 2006, Amnesty International reported that in North Korea, 7% of children were "severely" malnourished; 37% were "chronically" malnourished; and over 23% were underweight. Is that all right with you, Dennis?
Kim Jong-un has also been very busy with nuclear testing. In fact, North Korea just conducted its third nuclear test which was criticized by leaders around the globe. The target of this nuclear threat? "American hostility", of course. Is that just fine with you, Dennis? As long as the bombs don't land near your house, right?
So, Dennis, please return to living in the obscurity of Michael
Jordan’s shadow. Go count the feather boas in your closet. While you’re there,
do us all a favor and stay put. Unless you want to move to North Korea.