Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong-un Are Now "Friends for Life" Because of Course They Are

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Feb. 28 2013 10:34 AM

Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong-un Are Now "Friends for Life" Because of Course They Are

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Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-un watch an exhibition basketball game in North Korea

Photo byJason Mojica/VICE magazine

I don't have anything else to add to this, so I'll just give you the Associated Press lede and send you on your way:

Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman met North Korea's Kim Jong Un on Thursday on the third day of his improbable journey to Pyongyang, telling the leader "You have a friend for life," a delegation spokesman said.

OK, fine, one more snippet, which highlights just how much of a PR stunt Rodman's trip to the reclusive nation is (please note the wonderfully relative "most" in the second sentence):

Rodman and Kim sat side by side at an exhibition game in Pyongyang .... The encounter makes Rodman the most high-profile American to meet with the young North Korean leader since Kim took power in December 2011, and takes place against a backdrop of tension between Washington and Pyongyang.
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And the score of that basketball game they were watching? A 110-110 tie. Sure, OK.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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