I’m a big fan of K-pop and Korean culture in general. I love it, the silly stuff, the romantic stuff and the downright hardcore stuff. All of it and everything in between.
Needless to say, I’m also a huge fan of Gangnam Style. I saw it the day it came out and am absolutely delighted to see how popular it has become.
I adore how downright fun it is. I love the crazy antics. I love the sound of it. I love that it’s ridiculously catchy and easy to dance to. I love the unique humor. I love how uplifting and energizing and fun it is.
You see, Gangnam Style is now the most viewed YouTube video ever, approaching one billion views. It’s obviously caught the attention of the media by now.
Whenever I saw that Fox News was doing a small segment called “Why is this so popular?”, I got a little excited. (My parents are both very conservative, and thus I don’t completely think Fox is the devil incarnate, though I do have issues with some of what they say.)
But quite frankly, I was angered by what Fox had to say about this video and song.
First off, they brought in a psychiatrist to talk about the music video. On top of that, he knew nothing about Korea, Korean music, or the artist, save what he could glean from the Gangnam Style video.
Fox kept going on and on about how the music video was so popular for its stupidity and vapidness.
(Bolded in areas I find especially wtf-worthy.)
"People don’t want videos with meaning or intelligible words.” (HEY GUESS WHAT IT’S KOREAN)
"It’s like a drug, and that’s what people want right now. Not reality, not meaning, not feeling."
"The lack of insight is reflected in this person’s popularity.”
(In comparing/contrasting PSY to Elvis… ) “Elvis has a good voice. His songs had words. He put on a show. This is a little fat guy from Yang Ying or some place and he’s jumping up and down.”
"This is a success in dozens of countries … because people are losing their center."
“There’s something wrong with [enjoying the video]… It’s the same as getting high, in miniature. It’s a drug.”
Okay. No one commented when Beiber’s “Baby” video got 803 million views. (PSY has about 805 million right now, and at the rate it’s going will be well above that soon.) So what’s the deal? Are people commenting because he’s Korean? Because they decided that asians/asian music isn’t supposed to be ridiculously popular? Because they think he’s talentless?
I can absolutely guaran-damn-tee you that if this was a popular American celebrity being all sober and serious, (people seem to have a hard time grasping the lightheartedness of the video as well as its foreign nature), we wouldn’t be hearing all of these jabs at it.
This just makes me really angry for some reason.
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