Forget the U.S. -- Korean rap/pop superstar Psy has taken the entire world by storm with his hit, "Gangnam Style." He's even managed to surpass the Prince of YouTube, Justin Bieber, by racking up more views than the Biebs' incredibly popular "Baby" video. Insane! And yet, FOX News' Bill O'Reilly doesn't understand why on earth people are gettin' their Gangnam on and why the video has almost a billion views.
He was so befuddled in fact by "what's going on" in the video that he had controversial Fox psychiatrist Keith Ablow -- known for saying that Chaz Bono on Dancing With the Stars could make children reconsider their gender and that Newt Gingrich's infidelity would make him a better president -- come on to talk about the Psy "madness." And oh yeah, his analysis was reeeeally enlightening ...
Ablow waxed philosophical:
I think what this fellow is tapping into ... is the fact that people don't want any meaning right now. It is just is sort of like a drug and that seems to be what most people seem to want right now. Not reality, not feeling, not meaning. ... The meaning is that it means nothing.
Then, O'Reilly chimed in that it must be blowing up because people want to "numb themselves."
Wooooowwww. All right, so let's get this straight. So, because it's not in English, it means absolutely nothing? Granted, Psy's lyrics don't exactly translate to anything especially deep or poetic, but no less than any other comparable pop song about lookin' for a "sexy lady" that's written in English. Basically, it sounds like Ablow and O'Reilly feel like it might as well be written in gibberish, because they don't understand Korean and are too lazy to look up a translation of the song.
Obviously what Ablow should have said is that the song's popularity is not about people enjoying something fun, frothy, pop-y, catchy, maybe even a little goofy. And it never hurts if a hit song also has its own signature dance move. (Hello, anyone remember the "Macarena"?!) It's a song, a video, an artist, and a phenomenon that doesn't take itself too seriously. You know, O'Reilly and Ablow and delusional Fox News do.
Here's the full segment ...
Are you offended by Ablow's remarks? Why do you think "Gangnam Style" is so popular right now?
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