Thursday, March 28, 2013

Psy Discovered

As we all know, Psy has made his way to the top of the charts with his song Gangnam Style. It didn't only make it to the top of the charts though, his music video has gone viral. His offical music video is now at 1,474,518,172 views on YouTube. It is widely the most viewed video on YouTube. But what does all this mean for this Korean celebrity? As Psy grow in popularity, other videos came out the wood works. Psy had a few videos in particular that didn't make American's to happy.

During a 2002 protest concert against the presence of 37,000 American troops in Korea, PSY took  lifted a miniature "American tank" and smashed it on the ground to massive applause

After a Korean missionary was captured in Iraq by Islamists who demanded that South Korea not send troops to aid America in the war in Iraq. This resulted in massive protests throughout Korea against both Muslim extremism and the U.S. military for indirectly bringing this fate upon a Korean missionary.

As part of the protests in 2004, Psy and several other popular Korean musicians put on a live performance of a Korean rock band's song "Dear American." Lyrics went as followed: Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives Kill those fucking Yankees who ordered them to torture Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers Kill them all slowly and painfully.

As soon as Psy's popularity spread to the US, these videos were found and released. Outrage grew and the web blow up through news sites, YouTube and Twitter. Psy is still not treating his new-found American fans with respect. He has been known to throw up the middle finger and reject his fans because of the Iraq War. This is still all after he apologized for his anti-American videos. Even shortly after this videos came out about Psy, he still performed for our president.

Through this viral video and Psy's popularity, we found out a lot about his past and even present. Psy might not be the person we think he is, and that's all thanks you YouTube.


  1. Great post Cait! I had no idea about any of this. I can't believe he is still so successful here, but if his disrespect continues I feel as though his success will stop with Gangnam Style. Its so important, especially for celebrities, to consider that whatever they post online will be somewhere forever. He should have condsidered future success in America before bashing us so hard.

  2. Such a great post! I loved learning about the background of PSY. What a great milestone for YouTube and viral content Gangnam Style is. You did excellent research, and made some great points.

  3. Wow! That is crazy! I didn't know about this at all. I just knew about that annoying Gangnam Style song. This is good to know. Great post.

  4. Good post! I like learning about the background of Psy. However, this is one video that I don't understand why it went viral...

  5. Thanks for showing a different perspective of such a popular video. I have to agree with Samantha that it is hard to understand the popularity of the song, especially if you learn the meaning of the lyrics. Crazy!