Originally posted at American Thinker blog
It’s become a habit for Americans to embrace charismatic individuals without knowing anything about them. The reason could be that our nation’s culture has devolved to the point where we’re shallow, uninformed andÂ more apt to esteem celebrity above patriotism. As a result, there are America-haters among us who have become rich and famous thanks to the accepting nature of the American people.
Take Park Jae-sang, also known as PSY from the PSYcho World.Â PSY is South Korea’s very own Pee Wee Herman/pop star whose “Gangnam Style” hit is all the rage right here in the country he apparently abhors.
What’s disturbing about PSY’s popularity is that it says more about the star-struck American public than it does about the K-pop star. In Park’s case, happily clueless, young and old alike are donning sunglasses, black and white loafers, and bow ties and dancing around “Gangnam Style” like undignified fools.
Think about it — the “King of You Tube” phenomenon PSY is enjoying is not a new one. The pop star’s meteoric rise to fame is similar to the one Barack Obama has been riding for the last five years.Â That’s exactly how a non-vetted individual like Obama was propelled to political superstardom and ascended to the most powerful position in the world.Â Most Americans didn’t know one blessed thing about the man when he was elected in 2008, still don’t know much about him, and worst of all, when disturbing facts are revealed they couldn’t care less.
Barack ‘Obama Style’ started just like “Gangnam Style.” In 2004, a relatively unknown Illinois senator showed up at the DNC convention singing his snappy collectivist tune, and within months became a national obsession.Â Americans got so caught up in Obama’s style that they started boogying right along with a man whose low opinion of America was obscured by an adoring media.
Recently, it was made public that over the years PSY has participated in several “anti-American” protests.Â In 2002, in opposition to the 37,000 U.S. troops stationed on the Korean Peninsula, PSY painted his face gold and, similar to comedian Gallagher smashing watermelons onstage, PSY, as part of his act demolished a model of a U.S. military tank.
Then, a few years later, after a South Korean missionary was executed, in a rap song entitled “Dear American” PSY expressed his feelings: “Kill those f***ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those f***ing Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers/Kill them all slowly and painfully.”
Now those same “f***ing Americans” are merrily dancing “Gangnam Style” all over the place. Again, either Americans don’t know about the Korean singer’s anti-American rants, or if they know, they don’t care. After all, we do have a President who was reelected four years after suggesting American soldiers “slowly and painfully” tortured Iraqi prisoners!
As it turns out, PSY has millions of dollars in American currency stuffed into the pockets of his tuxedo jacket.Â Realizing that his true feelings about the capitalist nation making him rich had been found out and fearing a backlash that could cost him his lucrative status with ‘f***ing Yankees,” PSY released a statement apologizing for his song “Dear American,” saying in part:
As a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life, I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world.
Isn’t it funny how America-haters attempt to disguise their true feelings by kissing up to the U.S. military? PSY sounds eerily like Michelle “For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime, I’m Really Proud of My Country” Obama expressing post-election admiration for service members and their families.
Meanwhile, pop culture junkies remain so entranced with superficial foolishness that we have two men who should be consigned to the Cartoon Network instead enjoying unprecedented recognition. One remains at the pinnacle of political celebrity, and the other has a goofy South Korean dance tune climbing the Billboard charts.
Ironically, “Gangnam” is the name ofÂ a wealthy neighborhood in the South Korean city of Seoul where young SK’s go to party. The “Gangnam Style” ‘horse-dance’ is PSY turning an activity typically associated with the rich into a worldwide dance craze.
Yet despite his international ode to the rich, PSY was one of the headliners at a White House Christmas special taped last night and scheduled to air on TNT. As part of the star-studded lineup, the K-pop star entertained President Obama, who has also expressed a fair share of his own anti-American opinions over the years. A group of concerned Americans actually posted a petition on the White House website requesting the controversial singer be uninvited from the President’s holiday event, but the White House removed the petition.
So, with the pop star’s admitted aversion to America, he was amongst likeminded friends who do know about his history of spewing human rights accusations against the United States of America and don’t seem to mind. Therefore, on the Christmas in Washington special, after PSY’s performance, when the camera pans to Barack Obama, no one will know absolutely sure whether or not the President’s applause is for something other than the holiday season being ushered in “Gangnam Style.”