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Gangnam Style Gotta Go

MC Hammer gave Gangnam Style too much life at the American Music Awards.

By Michael Arceneaux November 20, 2012, 09:07 AM EST

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Okay, America, I know you’ve had your fun with PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” but when will this stop being a thing? Don’t get me wrong now, I understand the allure. When looking at PSY’s video for this seemingly never-ending single, you instantly say to yourself and your friends, “Hey! Look at that funny Asian man doing that dance that the guy with the perm who used to be Prince’s friend did in the ‘80s!”

I’m not mad at the song’s success. Korean pop has been trying to inch its way onto our shores for quite some time now. It was going to happen eventually. Now that it has happened, shouldn’t that damn song go back from whence it came? It’s been huge on Billboard and watched 700 million times on YouTube. Who else needs to hear it?

Well, apparently y’all needed to hear it with MC Hammer, hence how he teleported from 1991 to join in on the fun. Isn’t that just super? No. The answer is no. In fact, if Hammer was going to resurface on national television for a gig, it should have been to perform “Pumps and a Bump.”

 

I’ve got to admit, though: PSY is a very energetic performer. Technically, he was one of the better performers at the American Music Awards. However, the AMAs served as an unintentional three-hour telethon for VH1’s Save The Music program. So there you go.

 

It was fun for about a week or two, but some of us can’t take it anymore.

 

I imagine I sound like a mean uncle, right now. You know, the type who will only get hornier with time. If that happens, so be it. Meanwhile, you have to admit I’ve got a bit of a point about people playing this song to death. It’s exactly why we can’t have nice things.

 

I’m saying this to be helpful. Case in point: There are still old white people walking around saying, “You go girl!” They’ve even passed it down to their children. Do you want “Gangnam Style” to enjoy the same fate? It might happen if you don’t look your co-worker squarely in the eye and say, “Stop doing that damn dance already!”

 

Already, there are restaurants out in Cali called Gangnam Chicken. That simply is not cool, guys.

 

Y’all: We’ve got to cut this crap out. Before it’s too late. Before it becomes the Korean electric slide.

 

You all have the power to help save millions of last nerves belonging to people like me, who aren’t sure how much longer they can hold on. If I can let go of the butterfly – for at least a couple of years until Beyoncé asked me to do an old school dance – your cousins and your me-maws can let go of Gangnam Style.

 

Seriously, my people, when is Korea’s answer to the Macarena going to be over?

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Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick

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