Psy’s new music video “Gentleman” is not only breaking YouTube records, hitting more than 145 million views in less than a week, it just got banned by his home country’s biggest TV broadcaster.
South Korea’s KBS, a state-funded broadcaster, said Thursday it was banning the video because it shows Psy kicking a traffic cone with a “no parking” sign on it. The TV network says it has a policy prohibiting the showing of videos that abuse public property.
Signs PSY isn’t going away anytime soon: The music video for his latest tune, “Gentleman,” is closing in on 7 million views already. It was uploaded today. It features a dance he calls the “arrogant dance,” which matches the tone of the music video, where PSY pulls pranks on whatever person is in the current scene.
Sad Story: UK resident Eamonn Kilbride collapsed during his office Christmas party while mimicking the “Gangnam Style” dance made famous by South Korean superstar PSY. The IT manager and father of three was with his wife, who was celebrating her birthday that evening, and was described by her as the “life of the party.” Kilbride is survived by his wife Julie and three children Laurajade, Jack, and Conor. (Photo via YouTube/PSY)source
In what might be an all-time low for Washington political journalism in terms of understanding cultural context, CBS News lumps PSY (he of “Gangnam Style”) in with “rappers” who have caused controversy at the White House, despite a) The situation touching upon clear cultural differences between the U.S. and South Korea during a particularly poor time for relations between the two countries and b) PSY being nothing like Kanye West, who Obama once jokingly called a “jackass.” This article also refers to a controversy involving Cee-Lo Green, who raps but is far better known to the public as a risk-taking R&B artist, and a song (“Fuck You”) in which he doesn’t actually rap. Lumping PSY, who apologized for the incident and noted the incident was a product of its time, into the same boat as some stupid made-up incident with the rapper Common, is totally a misrepresentation of the situation — and an attempt to taint the president with bad press over something that happened at a time when Obama wasn’t even a senator. Leave the pop culture to Tumblr, guys.
Psy’s Gangnam Style ascends to YouTube’s highest peak
805M + YouTube views of Gangnam Style since it debuted on the site in July, the most ever by a single video. It beat out the former record holder, Justin Bieber’s “Baby” — still a juggernaut in its own right with 803 million views. source
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