North Korean Situation “A Tragedy,” Psy Says Before Performing His Newest Single, “Gentleman”

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Psy unveiled his newest single, "Gentleman," at midnight on Thursday, then christened it on Saturday at a solo concert at Seoul's World Cup stadium in front of 50,000 fans. That should tell you exactly how worried the people of South Korea are about its neighbor's threats, and offers more context for the phrase "heightened tension." Before the concert, Psy, i.e. Park Jae-sang, was asked about the situation on the Korean peninsula.

Chinese Software Company Mocks Kim Jong-Un And North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions In This Funny Ad

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North Korea may be distressing policymakers here and abroad with its threats of nuclear blah-blah-blah, but most people tend to shrug off its proclamations as rhetorical bluster, which we've all seen before. "Final destruction," DPRK? Really? You mean, this is finally the final one, now? North Korea, at this point, is a parody of itself, but that doesn't mean it can't use the occasional poke. Here's Kingsoft to oblige.

PSY Makes First Mainland China TV Appearance, Performs In Shanghai’s Dragon TV Gala [Video]

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As advertised, South Korean rapper PSY made his first televised appearance in mainland China at the Shanghai Spring Festival TV Gala, which aired on Dragon TV on Sunday. There were indeed dancing robots, as you can see. But much more bizarre was the exchange at the beginning, in which PSY tried to teach Gangnam basics to the hosts, who appeared contractually obligated to play dumb as if there were still people in the world seeing this for the first time.

The Competition For Best Gangnam Style Remake Is Over: This Flipbook Wins

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We have here a very late entry to the Internet’s ongoing competition for best Gangnam Style remake/parody, but sometimes the best really do come last. Please give your attention to Etoilec1, whose flipbook animation of Gangnam Style captures and embodies PSY’s original production in all its creativity, craftsmanship, zaniness, and sheer wonder. Is it scene-by-scene... Read more »

Gangnam Style Is Back In Headlines, And We’re Actually Okay With The Reason This Time

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A group of 40 construction workers took to looting, rioting, vandalism, mayhem, and Gangnam Style on Monday in Wuhan, Hubei province to protest unpaid wages. Reports are that they’re owed 233,000 yuan from their company. With no other recourse, a man surnamed Lu, the contractor, organized a group Gangnam dance in front of a concert... Read more »

The Latest Hot Gangnam Video From China Features Violins

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Ten violinists at a Beijing concert on Saturday gave their creative take on this year in viral music, with Gangnam Style taking the fore. Explains Sina: “Disturbing”, or “Tan Te” in Chinese, mixing “Gangnam Style”. These violinists really let their imagination go free. And it worked very well. The performance was met with rapturous applause.... Read more »

Here Are Bikinied Women Doing Gangnam Style In China, Because Of Course

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Alicia first saw this slideshow on China News, but it’s since migrated to Sina, and if you thought a slideshow of scantily clad women doing Gangnam Style wouldn’t make it to People’s Daily, under the headline, “40 sweet beauties dance Gangnam Style in bikini,” you have been living under a rock. Catch up. These ladies (and... Read more »

China Successfully Landed A Jet On Its Aircraft Carrier For The First Time On Sunday, And It’s Already A Meme

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China took another step toward legitimizing its Soviet-purchased aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, on Sunday when five pilots of J-15 fighter jets successfully landed on the carrier, led by squadron leader Dai Mingmeng. Even though experts say it’ll be at least four years before the Liaoning is “fully combat capable,” according to China Daily, Sunday’s exercise... Read more »

Announcing: PSY’s Coming To China! First Mainland Performance Will Be On New Year’s Eve [UPDATE]

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Hold your saddles everyone, your favorite horse dancer is coming to China! Unfortunately, his first mainland performance will be in Changsha, as part of Hunan Satellite TV’s “Carnival Week” to ring in the new year. Amanda, I kid. Changsha is a fine city. Unfortunately, it’s in the middle of nowhere. Ah, I kid again. It’s not... Read more »

That Picture Of Chinese Leaders Doing Gangnam Style Has Been Censored, Because Censors Hate Fun

Hate it as I do, I understand why some things are censored. You can’t have a perpetually restless populace in the countryside, for instance, believing that an alien overlord will descend from heaven and deliver them from misery if only they’ll overthrow the current regime. You can’t have top leaders exposed as hypocrites. You can’t... Read more »

Chinese Leaders Do Gangnam Style! [UPDATE]

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Via Alicia via Facebook This is photoshopped, in case you’re the type to need that kind of information explicated. Previously: Xi Jinping bobblehead does Gangnam Style. UPDATE, 11/20, 2:30 am: Someone tried putting this picture on Sina Weibo, and it was almost immediately deleted.

We Found A Gangnam Parody That Isn’t Terrible: Zhangjiajie Style

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I know you're going to hate me for this, but throw back a drink of choice and let yourself enjoy this. It succeeds where other Gangnam parodies fail: by sticking to the basics. It doesn't rewrite any lyrics. Doesn't invent dance steps. It just says to PSY by way of tribute: you think you're zany with your horses and K-pop stars? We're going to give you cross-dressing chefs, ridiculous costumes, and the Na'vi. Meanwhile, everyone slowly loses their mind. Take it or leave it.

“Nasty China Style”: A Tolerable Gangnam Parody Highlights Hong Kong-Mainland Rivalry

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We're as sick of Gangnam Style parodies as everyone else, but this latest, "Nasty China Style," has a few redeeming factors. First, it's sung in Cantonese; I tend to think all Gangnam parodies are bad mostly because of the lyrics, but it helps when you don't know what they're saying. (There are subtitles though.) Second, file this one under "Red Army Orchestra meme" -- it'll help you get over the anti-Gangnam mental block so that you click play; other memes also make a cameo, such as "My dad is Li Gang." And third, it highlights the ongoing Hong Kong-mainland China rivalry, which transcends Gangnam.

Halloween Night In Beijing And Greater China

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Did you know people in the US spend more for Halloween than every holiday except Christmas? Candies, costumes, day-after pills (only in some states!), and liquor all cost money, and if there’s one thing we know, it’s that adults are more than happy to spend in the name of socialized buffoonery and fun. Some of... Read more »