Dennis Rodman Gets His Koreas Mixed Up Tweeting to 'Gangnam Style Dude'

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2013

Photo courtesy of Jason Mojica, VICE
Photo courtesy of Jason Mojica, VICE

While Dennis Rodman is on his basketball-spreading goodwill tour of North Korea, he should probably bone up on the difference between the North and South versions of the country. Or, at least have somebody proofread his tweets.

UPDATE: Thursday, February 28th at 9:20 a.m. EST by Bleacher Report staff

According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, Rodman and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met on Thursday in Pyongyang and took in a basketball game together.  

The game featured players from both North Korea and the United States on both teams and ended in a 110-110 tie.

The men could be seen talking and laughing throughout the game and afterwords, Rodman called himself a friend of Kim and the North Korean people when speaking with the media.

It's been extensively noted that Kim Jong-un is an avid basketball fan and was a Bulls fanatic in his youth.  Judging by this pic from the '90s, he has apparently been a long-time admirer of Rodman as well.

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In case you were unaware, Rodman is in North Korea, along with some guys from VICE and a few members of the Harlem Globetrotters to play some basketball and apparently talk to the nation's leader Kim Jong-un. It's all part of a show that will be aired on HBO.

The trip hasn't been without its bumps in the road.  Rodman made a grave error when he incorrectly assumed famous South Korean, Psy, the creator of the ever annoying "Gangnam Style," was a North Korea native.

That's not quite as bad as mixing up an Israeli for Palestinian, but it's not too far off. These countries have long-standing tensions and a case of mistaken citizenship could be a big offense on either side.

Of course, nobody back in the U.S. is going to be surprised if there's a bit of a negative reaction in North Korea to something that Rodman says or does.  

He desensitized the American public with his antics over the course of a 14-year NBA career with the Pistons, Spurs, Bulls, Lakers and Mavericks. 

The Worm's arrival hasn't seemed to improve the mood of the reclusive country's government, however. From the Washington Post:

North Korean state media issued an editorial today calling the U.S. a “rabid dog” and threatening it with “death by merciless strikes,” as noted by DPRK-watcher Adam Cathcart

Hopefully the Worm's message of peace can resonate with a country so utterly obsessed with creating their own nuclear arsenal of long-range missiles.