Psy-style pop diplomacy too much for North Korea


Psy-style pop diplomacy too much for North Korea

Including the 'Gangnam Style' hitmaker in a delegation might not be the best way to improve inter-Korean ties

Nicola Smith

North Korea may be willing to negotiate on denuclearisation, but allowing outlandish South Korean pop star Psy to inflict his “provocative” dance moves on Pyongyang is apparently a step too far.
Seoul is reportedly pushing for the inclusion of Psy, one of the country’s best known artists on the world stage, in a K-pop delegation heading to perform in the North next week as part of a diplomatic effort to improve inter-Korean ties.
A team of at least nine South Korean pop acts is set to join the visit, the first of its kind in more than a decade, ahead of a summit later in April between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.“We have formally proposed to the North to add Psy to the line-up,” Seoul’s MBC TV station quoted a South Korean government official as saying.
However, the South Korean media reported a distinct lack of enthusiasm from Pyongyang to the suggestion, attributing it to concern in the conservative north about the singer’s provocative performance style.
Psy, 40, whose real name is Park Jai-sang, once treated 80,000 South Korean fans to a striptease while performing his signature hit song Gangnam Style.The catchy song propelled him to international stardom in 2012 when the music video went viral on YouTube and spawned a new global “horse dance” move.
The song satirised the lifestyle of the wealthy residents of Gangnam, known as Seoul’s Beverly Hills, and the video has been viewed more than three billion times.
The singer-rapper once summed up his style as “dress classy, dance cheesy”, and his carefree manner contrasts sharply with the perfectly groomed and choreographed boy and girl bands of the multibillion-dollar K-pop scene.
It remains uncertain how his boisterous performances would be received by the Pyongyang elite, where concert audiences generally remain seated and polite clapping is preferred over dancing. 
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