South Korean TV Network Bans Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ Music Video

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One of South Korea’s biggest broadcasters, KBS, has banned Psy’s newest music video for his rather ungentlemanly behavior — toward public property.

According to Newsday, the state-funded KBS said that music video doesn’t meet its standards as a public broadcaster. In the offending scene, Psy is shown kicking a traffic cone in the first five seconds while he then looks at the camera and laughs. Really, it has nothing to do with anything else Psy does in the video. (Although he does behave rather naughtily toward another traffic barrier and a streetlight in the outtakes.)

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KBS has reportedly banned other videos for similar reasons in the past. In a statement released Thursday, the network explained its decisions:

KBS’s review standards … are different from the Internet, online broadcasters or cable channels. This is because network TV is watched by everyone regardless of gender and age. Infants or children haven’t fully developed a standard for judgment and tend to believe and follow what’s shown on television.

At the same time, South Korean President Park Geun-hye has also praised the pop star for setting an example against piracy by paying choreographers to perform their own dance moves, according to the Telegraph.

“Gentleman” was released last Friday as the follow-up single to “Gangnam Style,” the most watched video on YouTube with more than 1.5 billion views. Since he performed the song live on Saturday in Seoul, the video for “Gentleman” has already racked up about 145 million views.

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15 comments
buckfush09
buckfush09

love it love it love it love it..........unique and original........and all we have in america is freeeeeeking taylor swifter.

KevinFlynn1
KevinFlynn1

Living in Korea as an Expat of the US i find this crazy. Stores blast music through speakers outside stores with curse words all of the time, and KBS bans PSY for kicking a cone. ohh korea


SuperMarioCoffeeNutSueMariani
SuperMarioCoffeeNutSueMariani

*** Gentleman Is Here Today *** New Song By PSY, That SuperMario CoffeeNut Sue Mariani Sang At Grand Centro Last Night In Fishkill NY, With Tara The Digital Diva With The Music. Notice We Have All 20 Plus Screens With Psy Logo On It ! Supermariohttp://youtu.be/tjwp_0yS6V0

Rajashekar1234
Rajashekar1234

Psy has failed to garner such kind of hysteria that he had created with his Gangam style. This new release is absolutely terrible with lackluster movements and repetitive kind of music, as there isn't a freshness to watch it. Disaster struck

xxandylinkxx
xxandylinkxx

@Rajashekar1234he was mocking people in gangnam style, hes doing the same in this, hes basically saying that some people arent true gentlemen, just calling themselves that.

MatthewHager
MatthewHager

Wow, South Korea taking a play from North Korea's playbook. Thanks a lot "State Sponsored (run) Media"! Stalin would be proud!

JackWaiKhunFirst
JackWaiKhunFirst

Absolute JUNK and DISTASTEFUL  MV I have ever seen. Truly reflects the true character of this artist.

xxandylinkxx
xxandylinkxx

@JackWaiKhunFirsthe was mocking people in gangnam style, hes doing the same in this, hes basically saying that some people arent true gentlemen, just calling themselves that. maybe you're too dumb to realize.

DaeguCraig
DaeguCraig

On Koreaherald.com article about Psy video ban:

"Concerns have been raised about the entertainer’s comedic “Gentleman” music video in which the rapper is seen dancing in a public library as well as “defacing public property.” Seoul City Councilman Jung Sae-hwan brought the issue of Psy dancing in a public library up at a city council meeting held on Wednesday, stating that the video could cause foreigners to want to go to the library and mimic the scene. "


I have been in South Korea for 12 years and I have seen more KOREANS acting inconsiderate and without regard for others than foreigners.  But, of course, the South Korean news will not report those incidents.  They want to keep the squeaky clean image that only the foreigners in South Korea act irrationally and without regard.  It's getting old.

AnoneyMoose
AnoneyMoose

I *am* William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You've come to fight as free men... and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight? 

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