In addition to reports already posted on USA Today and The Washington Post is a press release that came across our email this morning (attention editor’s desk at “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” — this stuff just writes itself):
NEW YORK, February 26, 2013 – VICE, the Brooklyn-based youth media company, today led a team of “Basketball Diplomats” to Pyongyang, North Korea to engage in a cultural exchange mission. The delegation consists of VICE correspondent Ryan Duffy, NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, select members of the Harlem Globetrotters, and a production crew that will be filming for the upcoming HBO series VICE.
The VICE-led delegation arrived in the basketball-crazed city Pyongyang today for a week-long trip that will include running a basketball camp for North Korean children and engaging in community-based games to encourage openness and better relations with the outside world.
Additionally, there may be a top-level scrimmage to be attended by Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea.
Other activities that will be filmed on the trip for HBO’s VICE series will include visits to national sites and monuments, the Pyongyang Skate Park, and the national animation studio, SEK. The series debuts Friday, April 5 on HBO.
Shane Smith, VICE Founder and host of the upcoming VICE series on HBO, said:
“Is sending the Harlem Globetrotters and Dennis Rodman to the DPRK strange? In a word, yes. But finding common ground on the basketball court is a beautiful thing. These channels of cultural communication might appear un-traditional, and perhaps they are, but we think it’s important just to keep the lines open. And if Washington isn’t going to send their Generals then we’ll send our Globetrotters – Cue music – ‘Sweet Georgia Brown.’ ”