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What is Gangnam Style?

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Posted August 24, 2012

“PSY does something in his video that few other artists, Korean or otherwise, do: He parodies the wealthiest, most powerful neighborhood in South Korea. Sure, he uses physical humor to make it seemingly about him, a man who wants to project glamour but keeps falling short…But ultimately, by declaring ‘Oppa is Gangnam Style,’ he turns the lens on Gangnam, getting specific about power and privilege in a country where a single district has long dominated in almost every arena.” Sukjong Hong writes more about PSY, Gangnam and PSY’s “slightest helping of social critique in this parody of the wealthy upper classes” at Open City Mag. (via NYAFF)

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