My 18-year-old son introduced me to some ridiculous dance yesterday, which apparently is the newest and hottest thing on the planet.
This song out of Korea called “Gangnam Style” has people creating funny new memes. The rapper’s name is PSY.
And I was completely ready to rag on this dude, because the Gangnam Style dance is the silliest thing I have ever seen — some kind of horse-riding bullcrap mixed with a bunch of moves straight out of the 80s.
I watched the video, and was perturbed to find it’s actually pretty decent. And entertaining. And gets funnier the more you watch it. I’ve now seen it at least ten times just today, in preparation for this here Gangnam Style article, and I can’t sit through it without cracking up.
The crazy guy is enthusiastic if nothing else, and the scene cuts in the video are smooth, lending to a pretty professional-looking product. Better than some of Kylie Minogue’s best efforts, at any rate.
So okay. The song is pretty catchy. Gangnam Style gets your head bobbing and your foot tapping. And the music is actually decent. As a matter of fact, Gangnam Style is currently stuck in my head, finally replacing that piece-o-shit “Call Me Maybe”. I’ve never been so grateful.
Surprisingly, not only is the video well-constructed, it’s also surprisingly clean. There is one moment where PSY wants to grab a girl’s ass while she’s posing in some yoga-stretch, but there are not any boobies or sex scenes or crotch shots. There is a lot of ridiculous bouncing around and dancing, but nothing that makes me gasp and send my seven-year-old out of the room.
My son, although graduated from high school, is accompanying one of his gal-pals to the Homecoming Dance tonight. Which is why he had this video pulled up. Apparently he and some of his other friends are going to dance Gangnam Style, and he wanted to ensure he had the moves down pat.
So there’s my son in the kitchen, pretending to ride a horse, throwing an imaginary lasso, working on his hips, begging my daughter to be his dance partner for practice, and her laughing so hard she snorted.
“Let’s watch it again!” she giggles. And so he stops riding his horse and plays back the Gangnam Style video yet again.
I guess I should probably be worried about what the lyrics mean, or about what kind of message this dance is sending to the masses. But my son was curious too, so we looked up the words, and they are shockingly harmless. Almost… dare I say it… decent!
The general theme of the song is encouraging girls to dress modestly, to leave more to the imagination, to know when to let loose versus when to act straight. And the overriding theme for ALL listeners is to not take things so seriously, to enjoy life and just have some fun.
PSY made an appearance on Ellen and said something that really made me love him a bit:
“Dress classy and dance cheesy.”
Yeah! Of course, I don’t really dress classy, and I don’t dance boring OR cheesy OR any other way since there is no dancing inside this body. So maybe I’m the wrong person to endorse PSY’s message. But I can’t help myself. I really, really like him. And I like his attitude. And I like his song. And I like his stupid dance.
My son approves this Gangnam Style message. I hope he brings back pictures from the dance tonight.