HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » If it was "Romney St...

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:59 PM

If it was "Romney Style" folks would get it

The video for Gangnam Style is one of the funniest pieces of social commentary to come down the pike in years.

On the off chance anyone doesn't know, Gangnam is the Beverly Hills of South Korea. And an intentionally absurd dance where you dress like someone going to an Indiana prom in 1975 while riding an imaginary horse is a very, very funny thing.

And the character's anger is hilarious... wagging his finger in your face. And his sloth. And his puerile lust. His utter and absolute self-satisfied insubstantiality. And his irascible assertion of his upper-class style while sitting on the toilet... Like if Luis Bunuel were a choreographer.

If it was labeled "Monty Python's upper class twit contest—part II" it would be an easier read.

9 replies, 844 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 9 replies Author Time Post
Reply If it was "Romney Style" folks would get it (Original post)
cthulu2016 Dec 2012 OP
Kurovski Dec 2012 #1
Hong Kong Cavalier Dec 2012 #4
Kurovski Dec 2012 #8
SidDithers Dec 2012 #2
slackmaster Dec 2012 #5
Earth_First Dec 2012 #6
dionysus Dec 2012 #3
demwing Dec 2012 #7
Bicoastal Dec 2012 #9

Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:02 PM

1. I think there actually is a parody video using a mitt look-alike. (nt)

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Kurovski (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:07 PM

4. Why yes. Yes there is.



Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Hong Kong Cavalier (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:16 PM

8. Hee-dilly-hoo

Oh, my mistake, no clicky-no watchee.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:04 PM

2. Here you go...



Sid

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to SidDithers (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:07 PM

5. The Internet always delivers

 

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to slackmaster (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:09 PM

6. ALWAYS. n/t

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:06 PM

3. you really realy like that tune, huh

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:14 PM

7. Wow

lots and lots of big words...

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:17 PM

9. I dunno if that's QUITE accurate.

You're right about the "Beverly Hills" of Seoul stuff, and you're right about plugging Romney in, BUT--

I wouldn't call it a socialist satire on the corruption of the ruling class, though. I think it's more akin to Weird Al's "White & Nerdy." In the music video, he's a declasse goofball attempting to be a Jay-Z-like playah.

Here's what he said in an interview:
"People who are actually from Gangnam never proclaim that they are—it's only the posers and wannabes that put on these airs and say that they are "Gangnam Style"—so this song is actually poking fun at those kinds of people who are trying so hard to be something that they're not."

There's no criticism of the wealthy going on--the sloth and lust are all part of the "wannabe" act, and as far as I can see the anger you describe doesn't really exist. Add to this the fact that Psy biographically actually IS a rich kid who made good, and I'd say it's not the stinging critique of social morays you may think it is.

But art can be interpreted anyway you like, so who am I to judge?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread