In troubling news for international diplomacy, the NBA Hall-of-Famer and the former Mr. Carmen Electra may not actually know what part of the Korean Peninsula he’s in — democratic, economically vibrant South Korea, or, you know, the other one.
Late evening local time, Rodman tweeted the following:
Internet star and “Gangnam Style” singer Psy, who tweets under the handle @psy_oppa, is South Korean. It’s unlikely that Rodman will run into him above the 38th Parallel, because the two countries remain technically at war ever since a cease-fire ended the Korean conflict in 1953.
The Worm is in North Korea with a film crew from VICE magazine to engage in a little “basketball diplomacy” according to the Associated Press; he is expected to run a basketball camp for children, play pickup games with locals and possibly scrimmage with some of the country’s top athletes.
His tweet prompted a flurry of responses, ranging from the horrified:
To the snarky:
To the frankly concerned for Rodman’s safety:
Surely there’s more to come; those interested in following Rodman’s adventures can do so via the Twitter hashtag #WORMinNorthKorea.
So far, Psy has not replied.
UPDATE: Psy responded to Rodman: