So far, the month of May has been a very impressive one for the folks at DuJour magazine. On the heels of a first-get Donald Sterling interview and the Clippers owner’s tasteless tease-quote (“I wish I had just paid her off.”), there is now Lindsay Silberman’s fascinating Florida Q&A with Dennis Rodman.
The article includes an unusual-looking byline mention for DuJour Media CEO-founder Jason Binn. Sure, why not. This is Rodman’s first substantial interview since The Worm declared that he’s done with North Korea citizen diplomacy. Here’s what Rodman told staff writer Silberman when asked if anything shocked him during his three successive trips to the so-called Hermit Kingdom:
“It was only one thing. When I walked into that stadium [for the first basketball game], I sat down, and this little guy walks in. The Harlem Globetrotters were playing and I was sitting on the bench, and he sits right beside me. Seriously, I didn’t know who this f-ker was!”
“People were sitting there kissing his hand and crying and giving their babies to him. I couldn’t believe these people – men and women sitting there crying for 25 minutes – and this kid’s like yay tall! They had this little chant and all the people were on their knees bowing down to this guy. That’s what shocked me right there. I’ve been around — I’ve seen a lot of leaders — but not like that. That’s how I actually met Kim.”
The rest of the conversation is equally revealing. Read it here. U.S. government officials will want to pay special attention to Rodman’s near-end remarks about when the conversation finally turned on his third trip towards politics.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Robert De Niro Talks to a Greenwich Village Compatriot