Correction Appended: Sept. 20, 2012
Sorry, Carly Rae Jepsen, but we think it’s safe to say your reign has ended. Now that Navy sailors have performed a rendition of PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” it looks like the South Korean rapper has officially galloped in on an invisible horse and dethroned you as the world’s favorite viral video star.
Jepsen’s infectious summer hit “Call Me Maybe” received the Internet parody treatment over and over and over (and then again — oh, wait, and again) so it was really only a matter of time until the “Gangnam Style” adaptations began sweeping across the web too. The latest video, already more than 1 million views strong, comes from the U.S. Naval Academy’s 22nd Company. It features winsome sailors in dress whites, plenty of PSY’s signature “invisible horse” dancing and even some pelvic thrusts for good measure.
Here at NewsFeed, we watch the original “Gangnam Style” music video and we watch it often. (We’re not ashamed.) So by our lights it’s difficult to top the delightfully bizarre original, and we salute these Navy sailors for their solid interpretation.
PSY’s wildly popular song has already inspired an SNL skit and a surprisingly excellent spoof starring the University of Oregon’s mascot. And with the United States Navy now blazing a trail, we can only expect (and secretly hope for) a wave of new parodies. Your move, Army.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to the service members in this video as cadets. They are midshipmen.