by Linsey Lanier
It must have been late in October last year when I first heard of the youtube rage Gangnam Style by PSY. What has it got? Over a billion hits? (If only I could do that.)
When I first saw the video, I thought, “Wow, this is weird.” But then I discovered everyone at my office knew the song and some of them thought it was a terrific workout video. Guess so.
What explains this phenomenon? Other than it’s the ultimate it’s-got-a-good-beat-and-it’s-easy-to-dance-to song, I have no idea.
But when something is that popular, folks are going to imitate it. So I poked around on youtube for parodies and discovered they abound. Political ones, which are kind of funny, cartoons, babies, and even one with Gandalf (that’s been removed due to copyright infringement)! I also discovered whenever I’m in the doldrums, a good Gangnam Style parody will pick me right up.
Recently, I happened on this parody and thought it was so cute, I had to share. What do you think?
So what do you think of the original? Do you have a theory for its popularity?
And in honor of our anniversary, a $10 Amazon gift card goes to one commenter (of my choice) who can tell me what “Gangnam Style” means. Oh, and if you have any parodies of the song that you like, please share.