Former NBA star Dennis Rodman’s well-publicized friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has resulted in an satirical commercial for Wonderful Pistachios.
Rodman, appearing in the ad with a Kim Jong-un lookalike actor and sporting green hair, says “the secret to world peace is pistachios.” The dictator doppelganger than pushes a red button and Rodman explodes. The voiceover announcer than intones, “Dennis Rodman does it because he’s nuts… Wonderful Pistachios, get crackin’.”
Wonderful Pistachios has something of a history of filming quirky spots for its Get Crackin’ campaign (now in its fifth year), but this is apparently the first time anyone has been nuked.
The NBA Hall of Famer recently returned from his second visit to North Korea to visit with his friend Kim and the leader’s family. Reporters previously asked him if he was going to the isolated communist nation to secure the release of American missionary Kenneth Bae, who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Rodman denied the claim.
As we reported previously, Rodman also revealed what he claimed was the name of the dictator’s baby daughter and said he spoke with his wife during the visit and even held the baby. Of Kim, Rodman added, “He’s a good dad and has a beautiful family.”
Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju reportedly welcomed the baby girl in late 2012 but the secretive regime has not made any formal announcement of the birth.
Rodman became an international diplomat of sorts when he visited with Kim Jong-un in February and came back convinced that the country’s dictator is a great guy and an awesome guy who loves basketball. He also brushed aside the regime’s well-documented human rights violations by claiming that both North Korea and the US are running “death camps.” Rodman — who has criticized President Obama for failing to open a dialogue with Kim — has also suggested in effect that his bromance with the North Korean leader qualified him for the Nobel Peace Prize.