In what may be the weirdest celebrity news of 2013, former NBA star Dennis Rodman has forged some kind of relationship with Kim Jong Un, the young leader of North Korea. Rodman visited there back in March and came home hoping to broker peace between the country and the U.S.
Now he’s calling on Kim to release Kenneth Bae, a U.S. man arrested in North Korea back in November 2012. He was sentenced for “hostile acts” against the state, though those acts were not detailed, and sentenced to 15 years hard labor. It was reported at the time of Bae’s detainment that he was involved with a Protestant religious movement.
Rodman tweets, “I’m calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him “Kim”, to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.”
Rodman adds that he was responding to the Seattle Times article that dares him to use his influence with Kim Jong Un to get Bae released. “I decided to help,” writes Rodman.
Hmmm. We aren’t sure this will get the job done. It took President Bill Clinton and some lengthy negotiations to get Current TV’s Laura Ling and Euna Lee out of jail in North Korea and back in the U.S.
Also, despite several fake accounts, it does not appear that Kim Jong Un is even on Twitter.
But perhaps Kim will “do Rodman a solid.”