Gangnam Style

President praises Psy, but video is banned

Rapper is a 'gentleman' on copyright, but state TV says scenes may set bad example to young

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 April, 2013, 2:44am


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Gangnam Style star Psy was praised by South Korea's president and slammed by its state broadcaster all on the same day yesterday as his new song Gentleman made more than just musical waves.

While President Park Geun-Hye cited Psy's "exemplary" respect for copyright principles, KBS television banned the Gentleman video saying it could encourage anti-social behaviour.

KBS suggested the offending sequences in the video, which has clocked up 140 million views on YouTube, showed Psy jaywalking down an empty street and then kicking a traffic cone labelled "No Parking".

KBS said the images might set a bad example to young viewers and did not meet the standards set by the state broadcaster.

"We strictly forbid any material that might disturb basic public order," the statement said.

The video ban came as President Park Geun-Hye favourably name-checked Psy during a meeting with policymakers in which she urged a "paradigm shift" from an economy based on manufacturing to one that embraced creativity.

"Growth led by a few big firms and the government are bound to be limited ... we need a healthy ecosystem of creative entrepreneurs," she said, citing late Apple founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates as examples.

Rampant piracy in IT and cultural products needs to be curbed to encourage more creation of software, she added, praising Psy for paying to borrow a dance move from another K-pop act for his Gentleman video.

The video features a hip-swinging dance originally performed in 2009 by Brown Eyed Girls for their hit Abracadabra.

Psy paid an unspecified fee to the team of choreographers who created it. "This recognition of the value of other people's creativity is exemplary," Park said.