Many of you probably know Ai Weiwei as a highly influential Chinese contemporary artist, noted for his architecture, photography, film, and his openly critical stance on democracy and human rights in China. So you can understand my surprise when G told me Ai Weiwei had joined the likes of Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), Boris Johnson and David Cameron who have all ridden the Gangam wave (groan). I know, I know…not that again!
When I first saw the video I thought it was yet another parody of Psy’s Gangnam Style. Surely that couldn’t be the man himself! But as Huffington Post UK has confirmed, it really is him! I’m not quite sure what to make of it — but as Sam Parker has said, “perhaps by remaking the global internet hit of the moment he is hoping to draw further attention to internet censorship in the People’s Republic of China, where raunchy pop videos extolling materialism are generally frowned upon.” It hasn’t gone viral yet like Eton Style, but who knows…it just might?
Have you ever disliked something so much you end up talking about it all the time, to the point where you’re not even sure if you love or hate it anymore? Well that’s sort of how things are with me for South Korean rapper (if you can even call him that) Psy’s insanely annoying song Gangnam Style, which apparently Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson are also fans of. There’s no escape — it’s literally everywhere I turn!
I still can’t believe that was the first K-pop song to break through the Western music market. And there seems to be no end to it, from tube signs to friends making their own parodies and even the poshest of pupils remaking the song into their very own Eton Style! The Eton video went viral on YouTube after only a day of being uploaded, gaining a whopping 43,326 views. It made me cringe, just like the original did but for different reasons. That said, I liked that I could actually understand it and the lyrics were quite funny (and spot on).
“We may awkward, frustrated, lonely and insecure (hey), yes insecure (hey), We’re not too social, can’t talk to women, although we try (hey), we’re just too shy (hey),
If you approach us then we’ll just break down and cry.”
If I was forced to choose which one I ‘liked’ more (rather, hated less), I’d have to say Eton Style. Posh or not, they really are no different than your average teenager. Okay, well they could work on their dance skills a bit more — painful but entertaining to watch!