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Psy Watches ‘Gangnam Style’ Parodies So You Don’t Have To

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By HVentertainment on September 19, 2012

‘Oh yes, a duck doing a horse dance, that’s weird.’ –Psy

South Korean K-Pop star Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style‘ video has been seen more than 220 million times and has inspired more web parodies than the since-forgotten ‘Sh!t ____ Say‘ meme.

Fuse TV sat down with Psy last week “to talk about his newfound stateside success and asked him to judge a few of the more popular YouTube parodies. Lucky for us, he obliged, to hilarious and informative results.” What’s his favorite? Find out in the video above.

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The best part of Psy’s story is that his video is actually a parody in itself. Well, it’s more like biting social commentary of rich South Koreans who inhabit the most coveted address in all of Korea. The AP notes, in part:

The song explores South Koreans’ “love-hate relationship with Gangnam,” said Baak Eun-seok, a pop music critic. The rest of South Korea sees Gangnam residents as everything PSY isn’t, he said: good-looking because of plastic surgery, stylish because they can splurge on luxury goods, slim thanks to yoga and personal trainers.

“PSY looks like a country bumpkin. He’s a far cry from the so-called ‘Gangnam Style,'” Baak said. “He’s parodying himself.”

The video abounds with ironic, “not upper-class” images that ordinary South Koreans recognize, said Park Byoung-soo, a social commentator who runs a popular visual art blog. Old men play a Korean board game and middle-age women wear wide-brimmed hats to keep the sun off their faces as they walk backward — a popular way to exercise in South Korea.

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