A day after horse-dancing with the General Secretary of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, South Korean Pop icon Psy met his fans on Reddit for one hour on Wednesday night. Here are some of the better questions and comments, so that you can skip the other 12,000.
Park Jae-sang, whose Gangnam Style music video has gathered 532 million views and 4.5 million likes on YouTube since July, revealed he was inspired by Freddie Mercury, the lead singer for the 80s British band Queen. (Mercury, the British rock icon who passed away in 1991, shocked his generation with his revolutionary music video performances such as his impersonation of a bored housewife in the 1984 video I want to break free.)
The one celebrity Psy still wants to meet is Mission Impossible actor Tom Cruise. Over the brief period his international fame has lasted, Psy has met, among others, with actors Betty White, Hugh Jackman and singers Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and Jon Bon Jovi.
The elevator scene, filmed with Korean enterainer Noh Hong-chul, is Psy’s favorite scene in his much-watched video. “That is a very popular dirty move he has been doing for 6 years and I asked him to do it in my video,” he wrote. “We only did 2-3 takes and everyone on the video set was crying from laughing.”
Psy said he has not yet tired of his almost daily performances of his trademark Gangnam Style dance. “There’s no time to be bored, I’m so busy doing the horse dance,” he wrote. Asked how his family and friends reacted to his sudden international fame, the married father of two said “no one was ready for Gangnam Style.”
When one redditor invited the singer to hang out in Seoul, the rapper answered in Carly Rae Jepsen’s words: “Call me maybe.” Here’s the obligatory mash-up.