On November 28th, political commentator Bill O’Reilly, from Fox News Channel, covered an entire segment regarding PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ as it has recently become the most viewed video on YouTube, gaining over 800 millions views. O’Reilly starts it off with a sarcastic tone, “So you would think the video must be very, very special. Well, here it is,” and shows parts of the ‘Gangnam Style’ music video.
O’Reilly and the network’s “Medical Contributor” Keith Ablow, spent several minutes joking about the South Korean rapper’s infectious dance track. They talk about how the song is “without intelligible words” and “has no real meaning” and even compared it to a drug. O’Reilly held his own jest about PSY being unlike Elvis because the latter “had a good voice, his songs had words” and “he put on a show” while the former is “a little fat guy from Pyongyang or someplace”. This statement irritated many fans, Korean and non-Korean alike, who couldn’t believe that a political commentator could say that a singer from South Korean was from the capital of North Korea.
The conversation concluded that people liked PSY because they “don’t want to be reminded of what to think and feel, but to get away from it.” However, O’Reilly also ironically added, “I don’t see anything wrong with this, you know, if you want to waste your time looking at this.”
Despite this striking statistic, O’Reilly and Ablow fail to see what has fascinated the world about the pint-sized hit-maker, and completely missing out that the song is actually made up of intelligent words—just not in English.
Mr. O’Reilly seems to have spun a bit of racism into his commentary, and if he keeps it up, it should be only a matter of time before his show becomes The O’Reilly Non Factor.
On the other hand, PSY‘s hit song “Gangnam Style” which was released four months ago,has already gained over 800 million views and counting.
Watch the controversial segment below. What are your thoughts about this?
Bonus Video (NSFW language):
Article by: Glenn & Mariam
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