2012 Man of the Year

By Piper Bayard

Once in a while, amidst all the news of terror, tragedies, lies, and deceit, someone comes along who makes the world stop and have a moment of collective fun. This year, I thank Psy and Gangnam Style for that moment and for his video that got the whole planet smiling and dancing.

PSY Eva Rinaldi wikimedia

image by Eva Rinaldi, wikimedia commons

This is the original Psy video that rocketed him to worldwide meme with over one BILLION YouTube views, crossing the most unlikely cultural boundaries and earning him his place in pop culture’s collective memory.

Gangnam is the Beverly Hills-type district of South Korea. One source says that “Oppan Gangnam style” means basically that the brother is Gangnam style, or high class. Psy is known in South Korea for being something of a “badass” and a rebel. Anything but Gangnam style.

With something this silly and random, there had to be parodies. These are some of the best.

For the LOTR fans, we have Gandalf Style.

A bit of geek heaven in the form of Minecraft Style.

And for the Comic Con crowd, we have Deadpool vs. Gangnam Style. Great example of how many smiles this video has brought to the world.

Well, maybe not always smiles. These lifeguards lost their jobs when they filmed this parody. Apparently, the city wasn’t keen on them using the facilities after hours. Many of them were reinstated after a national outcry on their behalf.

No collection would be complete without the Gunman Style – Gangnam Style Asian Western Parody.

Even the Saudis got in on the fun.

And my personal favorite, NASA Johnson Style.

So many smiles for so many people from so many places and cultures. That’s where solutions start. So this year, I choose Psy as the 2012 Man of the Year. Thank you for making the world a better place.

Happy New Year, Everyone! May 2013 bring you lots of fun moments and smiles.

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29 comments on “2012 Man of the Year

  1. I have to confess: the first time I heard the song, I thought someone was singing about “Condom Style.” Like it was a PSA with pizazz.

    I’m a dork.

    Happy new year, Piper. Thanks for being a great cyber buddy.

  2. mairedubhtx says:

    Psy made us smile. Good choice. Happy New Year!

  3. Loved this collection, Piper!

    I found my exercise routine for the new year. Dance those happy, fluffy, fudge-filled tummy fat cells away. Woot! I’ll have this mastered by March, August. Year? TBD.

    Thanks for the fun reads in 2012 and to Holmes for my international affairs education. BEST to both of you.

  4. donnagalanti says:

    Piper, thanks for the laughs! I’m so out of touch and just learned what Gangnam Style is from my 9 year old son who dances to this music 🙂

  5. Lots of laughs inspired by this guy – goes to show there’s hope for everyone?
    If a guy (educated in the US) who goes public asking people to murder and torture Americans can turn around and be celebrated – even in the White House – guess people can change and learn new tricks.
    There’s hope for the future! YEA!

  6. Perfect! Thanks for a great year – here’s to an even better one in 2013!

  7. I have to add in my own personal favorite, Lo Pan Style! If you were a fan of Big Trouble In Little China, Kurt Russell, or, like me, both, this is a fun walk down memory lane:

  8. amyshojai says:

    OMG, these are hilarious! I’m obviously missing out on the latest cultural advancements.

  9. I’m still scratching my head on this one. You just never know what’s going to catch on and this sure has. Thanks for the hilarious parodies and I hope all of those lifeguards got their jobs back!
    Happy New Year!

  10. EllieAnn says:

    I was especially impressed with Psy when he kept singing with the confetti and shaving cream being thrown everywhere, LoL.

    • Piper Bayard says:

      That was my first thought, too. I loved it that the one woman looked like she was just trying to duck and cover. I like the way it’s not only so random, but it’s not overproduced. Happy New Year, Ellie. 🙂

  11. Julie Glover says:

    We have enjoyed this song and the parodies in my house too. I love that NASA one (I kept looking for people I know!). Good choice for Man of the Year.

  12. Wow Piper, you have been spending your holidays well! We need to give you some work 🙂

    Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  13. Hilarious, can’t believe how much creativity this has spawned, fabulous!

  14. Lin Barrett says:

    Late to the party, but there’s some good fun to be had here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP6B20xUZJY

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