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North Korea takes ‘Gangnam Style’ shot at South politician

South Korean rapper Park Jae-Sang, also known as Psy, speaks during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea on Sept. 25.

Photo: AFP

North Korea has made a parody of the South Korean music video phenomenon Gangnam Style to attack the South’s ruling conservative party presidential candidate Park Geun-Hye.

The parody, posted on the official government Web site Uriminzokkiri, shows a crudely photoshopped image of Park doing the “horse-riding dance” created by South Korean rapper Psy on the original Gangnam Style video.

The North Korean version mocks Park as a devoted admirer of the “Yushin” system of autocratic rule set up by her father, Park Chung-Hee, after he seized power in South Korea in a 1961 military coup.

“I’m Yushin style!,” read a subtitle under the image of the dancing Park. The implied message is a sensitive one, with Park under pressure to denounce the excesses of her father’s 18-year rule, which laid the foundations for the country’s economic rise but was marked by systematic human rights abuses.

Psy’s Gangnam Style video went viral soon after being posted on YouTube in mid-July and has since racked up more than 200 million views, sending the song to the top of the US iTunes Chart.









1. crudely adv.

粗糙地 (cu1 cao1 de5)

例: The statue of a woman is crudely carved.


2. mock v.

嘲弄;嘲笑 (chao2 nong4; chao2 xiao4)

例: She mocked him for being a country boy.


3. go viral v. phr.

在網路上爆紅 (zai4 wang3 lu4 shang4 bao4 hong2)

例: The video went viral and was seen by millions.


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