Melissa. 18. Latina living in a small city smack in Central Florida, I am very interested in books and politics. I post a whole lot on human/global issues and tend to give my opinion on everything. I watch or have watched almost every TV show on earth and I listen to music in a bunch of different languages. This is a personal blog so all of this will be reflected on here. Follow at your own risk and don't forget to leave comments stating your ideas/opinions/suggestions! (p.s. my url is a quote from Junot Diaz's This Is How You Lose Her!)
You mean to tell me that it’s oppressing white people when there’s little bit of racial diversity in the media/entertainment/etc?
Why do white people think it’s funny to make up Spanish words or use them incorrectly on purpose or add o’s at the end of English words to make them Spanish?
Safiya Jawabrah holds the key to her family’s property seized in 1948 in front of her home at al-Aroub refugee camp in the West Bank city of Hebron, 14 May. Palestinians mark Nakba Day on 15 May to commemorate the ethnic cleansing of approximately 700,000 Palestinians during the violence that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. (Mamoun Wazwaz / APA images)
Via Electronic Intifada
For most of America, Psy is a funny name, a funny face, and a funny personality. He doesn’t sing in English and most people just don’t get it leaving most of them to not take him seriously. It’s easy to strip the significance behind “Gangnam Style” down if you don’t know what it means and solely find entertainment in the Asian guy shaking his hips. But what most people don’t realize is that Psy doesn’t take himself seriously. He’s a satirist and political dissident. “Gangnam Style” was a commentary, not just a fun pop tune with a silly dance.
Gangnam is Seoul’s wealthiest and flashiest neighborhood. For South Koreans, Gangnam represents the ideal life of excess and consumerism. Psy’s character in the video is a wannabe Gangnamite. He dreams he’s living the flashy, excessive lifestyle while he’s really just like everyone else, swimming in a public pool and riding the subway. But never in the video does it seem that Psy’s character is unhappy. He’s content to play in a children’s playground and meet the girl of his dreams in the subway. “Gangnam Style” is much more that we have made it, but that’s not surprising considering Psy’s background and how little we know about it.
In America, it seems like “Gangnam Style” was Psy’s big break when in fact the song had been released on his sixth studio album and his music career hadn’t been about making flashy and catchy songs. He believes music is the key to overcoming the intolerance embedded in his country’s political systems. Throughout his career, his songs have been banned for inappropriate content and have been surrounded by controversy, not to mention the fact that he fought his mandatory military draft.
Psy is a voice for his people. He’s fighting the oppression and intolerance he sees in his culture through his music. And by ignoring his worth and his value, we’re reducing the culture of South Korea into a short man with funny pants doing a ridiculous dance.
© Steve McCurry