Despite recent revelations that he'd sung a violent anti-America song in 2004, Psy performed at Sunday's Christmas in Washington concert as scheduled.
And here he is shaking hands with our Commander-in-Chief, who also attended the concert despite the fact that it included a performance by someone who is, quite simply, an affront to American values.
(I'm talking about Scotty McCreery, duh.)
Bonus pic from the concert, featuring Joe Biden being extra-jolly, after the jump…
Tags: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Music, Psy, Washington DC
Oh dear. America's favorite Korean superstar, Park Jae-sang (aka Psy), may not be the lovable pop-rap muppet we thought he was.
According to reports, in his pre-meme days Psy participated in at least two anti-U.S. protest concerts, including a 2004 performance where he joined a group singalong of Korean band N.E.X.T.'s "Dear America," which goes something like this:
Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those fucking Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully
Interestingly, a CNN iReporter wrote a post about this back in October, but nobody noticed, because who even looks at CNN iReports? Nobody at CNN, that's for sure.
Now people are calling for President Obama to cancel Psy's scheduled performance at this year's "Christmas in Washington" concert, and it's possible Americans have lost their taste for Gangnam Style for good.
The one upside: You won't have to watch your grandmother doing the horse dance at Christmas.
Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Tags: CNN, Gangnam Style, Music, Psy, South Korea
The proceeds from the "121212" concert, featuring Eddie Vedder, the Who, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen, are intended to benefit the victims of Superstorm Sandy. So it's especially heartening to see a ticket sold for $60,000.
Except the ticket was sold on the secondary market by scalpers and almost none of the money will reach its rightful beneficiaries because everything is terrible.
Motivated by outrage–and, perhaps, his sixth sense for media attention–Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling for online sellers like StubHub to prohibit sales of charity tickets. In the meantime, the Sandy concert scalpers have joined a long, undistinguished list of assholes who have tried to ruin charity events in the past:
Tags: Chuck Schumer, Hurricane Sandy, Money, Music
Taking a break from reporting on the War on Christmas (and ignoring the war in Syria), Bill O'Reilly decided to start a war on people feeling joy. He brought a psychiatrist in to explain Gangnam Style's popularity.
"The most popular music apparently is that without intelligible words." Is Keith Ablow saying the Korean language does not contain any intelligible words? Because if so, that's exactly why I hate French music too. Use some real words, Edith Piaf!
The only part of the Psy phenomenon a psychiatrist would have any insight into is his use of the silent "P." Asking a psychiatrist to explain Gangnam Style is like asking Bill O'Reilly to explain journalism. It's completely unrelated to their job.
Tags: Bill O'Reilly, Gangnam Style, Music, Video
Liberals, you were never moving to Canada, not even if you'd lost last week's election. It's cold and you wouldn't have liked Stephen Harper and you have to learn about hockey. It just wasn't happening, no matter how many uninsured people Mitt Romney would have hired to perform a horsey dressage dance for his amusement at the inauguration ceremony.
But let's be real, now that conservatives have emerged as the election's sore losers, this isn't going to happen either. For the sake of these deluded people, let's just hope secession petitions are a very elaborate promotion for the Lincoln movie…
Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.
The Texas secession petition, one of several submitted to the White House website, has over 20,000 signatories as of this writing. That puts it just 5,000 short of the number necessary to receive an "official response" from the Obama administration, according to the guidelines of the "We the People" program. I know everyone is wary of giving the plot away, so spoiler alert: you can look up the "official response" in pretty much any U.S. history book.
Tags: Barack Obama, Music, Texas