Psy’s “Gangnam Style” has become such an Internet sensation that it’s even crossed over a place where most folks can’t even see it: North Korea.
Yes, according to The New York Times, the South Korean sensation’s video has been co-opted by the not-so-friendly neighbors to the North, and turned into a bit of propaganda.
The North Korean version of “Gangnam,” published on a government website, takes images from the original, opening with a man mid-dance. The face of South Korean presidential candidate Park Geun-hye has been pasted onto the figure, and the clip goes on to poke fun at Park’s father, Park Jung-hee, a former South Korean leader. It’s not clear who posted the video, though it’s clearly meant to mock Park and the nation itself.
A rep for Psy could not be reached for comment on the video by press time … though, his original is slightly political itself , needling wealthy residents of the Gangnam neighborhood in South Korea, though Psy himself prefers to think of it as a “nonverbal” bit of social commentary.
“Already like 160-something million people saw the video all over the world,” he told MTV News. “So for this song I think verbal is not that important … I think just the dance moves and how it sounds and how it looks I think that was the point of the story.”
In recent weeks, Psy has been capitalizing on the sudden success of “Gangnam Style,” signing with Justin Bieber’s manager , Scooter Braun, making triumphant appearances at the 2012 Video Music Awards and the Ellen DeGeneres show (where he taught Britney Spears his signature moves), and doing a whirlwind round of press in the states.