PSY Hated America, But Now He's Sold Out: Why We're Still Rooting For Him Anyway

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But that's a totally natural reaction, even if you aren't as generally suspicious of rigid idealogues as I am. In 2004 PSY was a bad-boy Korean rapper accused of draft-dodging; in 2012, almost by accident, he is one of the most broadly famous musicians on earth. In response to impossibly different stimuli, responsibilities, and desires, and in a completely different historical moment, PSY has changed his mind. It would be weird if he didn't.

It's important to disentangle defending PSY as someone who's not necessarily a Stalinist or an opportunistic asshole from lauding him for being neither of those things. Nothing he's done--the protest song or this week's apology--was particularly dangerous in context, and his mission--trying to stay on his imaginary horse--is not particularly vital to the survival of South Korea, the United States, humanity, or real horses. It's reasonable to take offense at the initial protest or to doubt his motivations for the subsequent apology, and it's even more reasonable to not care about him at all.

But I like hypocrites; they're worth pulling for, because they're still trying to be something they aren't yet. The PSY that the internet created on accident when "Gangnam Style" escaped Gangnam is trying to entertain everybody and offend nobody. It's impossible--it would be even if he weren't the same PSY who tried to make Seoul's parents nervous ten years ago--and it's not very important, but I don't doubt that it's a real goal.

So get pissed off about that Yankee verse, and roll your eyes at his total, Leno-leavened capitulation, but don't think that what PSY was doing in 2004 was any more sincere than what he'll do when he's performing in front of the American commander in chief a few weeks from now. PSY hasn't turned his back on anything; he's selling out because he means it.



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11 comments
yeahbaby225
yeahbaby225

I agree with PSY, even though I'm a Republican, I have to admit our foreign policy is garbage and we should bring our troops home immediately. 

realgenius1
realgenius1

"We're" rooting for him?  Speak for yourself, dummy. 

joekohlburn
joekohlburn

He's South Korean, not North Korean. South Koreans are definitely NOT Maoist (rather than Stalinist). He's as capitalistic as they come. Look at the random trappings of materialism he's showing off in the video. Please take a look at the difference. Educate yourselves people. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/north_south_korea

jbradhicks
jbradhicks

You know, if you're a South Korean, and you don't hate Americans, I'm damned if I know why not.

Jeff Powell
Jeff Powell

Pay has long outlived the novelty of his video.

Mark Drake
Mark Drake

I'm with you Jeff DirtyBus Hopkins

Brian Gregory May
Brian Gregory May

Corrilynn Coco, you do know that Psy is from Korea, not China, right?

Corrilynn Coco
Corrilynn Coco

He's retarded.. And this is why china will take over america because we are blind.

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