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djw  ·  2808 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dennis Rodman Regrets Comments on North Korea Prisoner - NYTimes.com

I feel bad for Dennis Rodman and have for a number of years. he's struggled with substance abuse in the past, and the interview footage suggests addiction is not entirely behind him.

I'm also curious about the image of him as a reckless, quirky, vulgar party lover. to a considerable extent, that came from his own actions, but was it developed in part to protect himself from something? does it hurt him to be seen like that or expected (by the media, the public, or whoever) to live up to it?

I don't know. his time on Celebrity Rehab included a narrative about him struggling with being seen that way and expected to be constantly partying, for whatever that's worth.