All those outreach efforts by unofficial spokesman Dennis Rodman have finally paid off: this week Gallup informed us that North Korea ended Iran’s unprecedented ten-year, Tom Brady-level streak as Americans’ least favorite country.
How did they achieve such an impossible feat, you ask?
Well, it’s not due to sympathy over Rodman’s admission that he has a problem. It’s not a direct result of the efforts of “go-to-PR-guy” Alejandro Cao de Benós. It’s not a reaction to the upcoming (completely insane) “Foal Eagle” war games. It’s not even a “we’ll hate you less if you leave us alone” response to the craziest press release you will ever read.
No, the reason is that Americans now hate Iran just a little bit less than we used to since the country began presenting a slightly more moderate face to the world. In fact, Iran almost moved into a three-way tie with Afghanistan and Syria on the “places we will never visit” list. Oh, and the recent increase in media attention north of the Military Demarcation Line “did nothing to improve the country’s image in the American public’s eyes.”
On the more positive side, Canada is our most favorite country. Of course, this poll was taken before yesterday’s hockey game, so…