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Rodman's birthday song to Kim 'like Marilyn Monroe to JFK': Witnesses

Published on Jan 9, 2014 4:08 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Dennis Rodman singing "Happy Birthday" to North Korean regime chief Kim Jong-Un was akin to Marilyn Monroe performing for JFK, tourists who watched the performance said on Thursday.

Hollywood sex symbol Ms Monroe serenaded John F. Kennedy with a sultry version of the song at a Democratic Party fundraising soirée in 1962.

Mr Rodman, formerly of the Chicago Bulls, sang the tune to Mr Kim on Wednesday before joining fellow players for a game marking the reclusive leader's birthday, which has sparked huge controversy in the US.

"It was a little Marilyn Monroe to JFK, the tone of it," American Sophia Sokmensuer, who was in the audience in Pyongyang, told reporters on Thursday at Beijing airport.

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