Why Dennis Rodman Should be the 2013 Traveler of the Year

Posted Dec 18th 2013 03:28 PMUpdated Dec 18th 2013 04:58 PM

TEXT SIZE:

AAA
The Global America
Associated Press
In an awards snub deserving of a 15-year sentence in a North Korean reeducation camp, the usually perceptive folks at National Geographic Traveler have shockingly left Dennis Rodman off their second annual Travelers of the Year list. North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, and his "friend for life," Rodman, will be most displeased with this egregious dis of "The Worm."

NatGeo's roundup, populated with humanitarian-minded globetrekkers who "engage with the world in meaningful ways," needs Dennis. As Rodman starts his third North Korea trip tomorrow (this time to train the country's basketball team for an early-January exhibition game against former NBA players), here are three reasons why "Basketball Diplomacy" warrants NatGeo's highest accolade.


3. Nukes, schmukes.

During Rodman's first visit with Kim Jong-un, the regime flaunted its most recent nuclear test in the face of his traveling party like an old Karl Malone "pose" dunk. Did that phase the five-time NBA champ? No way. A polite, thoughtful traveler, Rodman shook hands with his new bestie, Kim Jong-un, sat with him courtside at a Harlem Globetrotters exhibition, and even serenaded the junior dictator with a karaoke "My Way" at a dinner party -- all in the spirit of global thermonuclear peace. Top that, John Kerry.


2. Firing squads? It's all good.

Back in August, borrowing a page from the French execution playbook, Kim Jong-un disposed of his ex-girlfriend, Mata Hari-style. Her crime? Reportedly starring in a homemade sex video that greatly shamed Dear Leader 2.0. (Note to self and North Koreans: Take sledgehammer to old hard drives.)

Though he once dated Madonna, and later married Carmen Electra, apparently the green-haired good-will ambassador has little issue with bimbos going down in a hail of machine gun fire. And what about Kim Jong-un's "Worse Than a Dog" uncle eating lead just last week? "Hey man, it's part of their culture," is what we imagine Rodman must be thinking. And isn't "Live and Let Die Live" the sign of a great traveler?


1. History Maker.

In a Howard Stern Show interview, Rodman said of his meeting with Kim Jong-un, "That was history, right there." Never mind that Diplomat Dennis can't pronounce Guantanamo Bay; in a press conference he called it "Guana-matata." And who cares if the President won't take his calls; the Pierced One has griped "Why, Obama, are you afraid to talk to Dennis Rodman?"

We're sold. And if the NatGeo editors are planning any of those once-in-a-lifetime stories on hiking the Korean DMZ, they'd be wise to go along for the Rodman ride as well.
Filed Under: News, Weird, Best Of

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum

3 Comments

Filter by:
Tom

They actually look like they're having fun and Mr. Kim looks normal in this photo. Like all psychopaths, however, he does have that darker side. He's now killed a girlfriend, an uncle, and many others. Rodman better hope the team he's putting together for the dear leader is pleasing. Never know when he might turn.

December 27 2013 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trisha

More like non-humanitarian of the year if he can go to a country that oppresses its citizens so horribly and say he loves the man who causes such harm and tries to tell the world this man is great guy! Dennis Rodman was always a brainless twit and he continues to show it.

December 27 2013 at 1:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
blkadonis

hell they can keep his silly a_ _, those 2 deserve each other

December 21 2013 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to blkadonis's comment
accordmee

Fool or not his sack is probably bigger than yours and he goes by his name not some i think i'm a god moniker. adonis, what an imagination.

December 27 2013 at 5:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't Miss

Fotosearch

Find the best resorts, wherever you are.

Hit The Slopes
Corbis

Tales of learning to expect the unexpected.

Change Your View
Getty Images

Unexpected encounters and wildlife tours.

Cows, Sharks, Monkeys & More

Travel Careers

amtrak train conductor

See the world and interact with people from different cultures.

flight attendant plane interior

It's as crazy as you think.