Every generation has had its own dance craze, from the Charleston of the 1920s, the Jitterbug of the 1940s, the Twist (60s), the Hustle (70s) the Makarena (90s) to even the Chicken Dance still a staple at today's wedding receptions. Those that stood the test of time etch a notch into our global zeitgeist. Such is the case with "Gangnam Style," a song and dance created and popularized by South Korean Rapper Psy.
Gangnam Style has been highly praised for its addictive beat and Psy's humorous dance moves in his music video and live performances. Introduced July 15, 2012 the song was nominated for Best Video on September 17 at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards and On September 20, 2012, Gangnam Style was recognized by Guinness World Records as the most "liked" video in YouTube history, with over 467 millions views (as of this posting).
Psy & Gangnam StyleAccording to a NY Times report, man behind the hit, the 34-year-old South Korean artist known as Psy (short for psycho; he was born Park Jae-sang), has been a star for years in South Korea. Gangnam Style, named for a tony neighborhood in Seoul, appears on his sixth album, “Psy’s Best 6th Part 1 ” (YG Entertainment). But even Psy was unprepared for the worldwide response to his latest single.
So popularized in the States, the ubiquitous fad has even touched the heated presidential campaign, pitting Obama and Romney in a series of battling YouTube videos going Gangnam Style. In this video production slickly filmed by Stun Comedy, you not only have an actor portraying Obama omitting to being defeated by Romney in the first debate, it also shows Romney frequenting the same Barber Shop as Obama to gloat over his success. Definitely slanted to the left, the piece depicts Obama as the hipper of the two, who knows how to how to hop onto the latest dance craze and shake his booty, Gangnam Style.
Not to be outdone, CollegeHumor released a video that also featured a Romney doppleganger. This parody follows the same format and scenes as Psy's original. From the horses to the sauna montage, the choreography is spot on! Not to mention a Paul Ryan look-alike appearing in a cameo as Yoo Jae Suk to rap a few lines!
Titled "Mitt Romney Style," the rap lyrics have the Governor poking fun at his affluence, including tax loopholes, Swiss bank accounts and in general every aspect of the conspicuous consumption associated with the GOP contender.
This prompted yet another parody that questioned if Obama was a "hero" or a "zero." Written and produced by Eric Schwartz, aka Smooth-E, this video has President Obama dancing "Gangnam Style" on D.C. rooftops. Sample lyrics pit Obama as a leader without a conscience: "He's loved by everyone from George Clooney to Oprah, but hated by everyone who's gone through a foreclosure."
So since everyone's favorite invisible horse dance doesn't seem to be waning at all, and since the presidential campaign still appears to be a close horse race, might it not be wise for both candidates to show us their dance moves at one of the upcoming debates? After all, jumping on the Gangnam Style bandwagon for the presidential candidates might not only be entertaining, it might also become the casting decision for next season of Dancing With The Stars - particularly for the losing candidate!