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文章標題 New York Times : A South Korean Star, and the Horse He Rode In On
A South Korean Star, and the Horse He Rode In On
HONG KONG — “Gangnam Style” has been the musical and dance hit of the year, to say the least, and one half expects to see a pirated Politburo version leaked out of the Communist Party congress in Beijing in a few weeks.
The song, a wacky, upbeat ditty by the South Korean rapper and singer Psy, has galloped to the top of the pop charts in the United States, Britain, Australia and Canada. The official video has been watched more than 350 million times on Youtube, making it No. 5 on the site’s all-time music list.
The Original and its Imitations
“Gangnam Style” has been remixed and redone by motivated fans.
There have been homemade video renditions of Psy’s horsey dance — not all of them well-received — by Thai naval officers, California lifeguards, North Korean propagandists, red-suited male and female prisoners in the Philippines and the University of Oregon marching band. At a party following an Asian-American awards banquet last week, U.S. Congressman Mike Honda showed off his Gangnam moves.
Psy’s real name is Park Jae-sang. He is 34, the father of twin girls, and was born in Seoul, in the upscale Gangnam district. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and released his first album of hip-hop songs in 2001. He has been something of a midlevel star until this summer’s breakout hit, and he’s hardly one of the hard-bodied, highly produced clones who populate the K-pop universe.
Not everyone is buying into the adoration, however.
Arwa Mahdawi, a commentator writing in The Guardian, said “the last time the West laughed so uproariously at a Korean singer was when an animated Kim Jong-il bewailed how ‘ronery’ he was in the film ‘Team America,’ and how nobody took him ‘serirousry.’ The puppet had a point: Popular Western media doesn’t tend to take east Asian men seriously — even when they’re brutal dictators.