While millions of people have made Psy’s “Gangnam Style” the most watched YouTube video of all time, there seems to be one person who doesn’t enjoy the song and dance: Bill O’Reilly.
O’Reilly devoted an entire segment of O’Reilly Factor to his confusion over the success of “Gangnam Style.”
The Fox News host said it looked like Psy is “just doing the pony.” He also called Psy “a little fat guy from Pyongyang.”
Psy is actually from Seoul’s Gangnam district, hence the title of the song and dance.
O’Reilly invited Keith Ablow on to the show to get his take on the video’s success. Ablow said the song is like a drug the public willingly consumes in order to numb itself because people don’t want meaning.
“Music, the most popular music apparently is that without intelligible words, to an extent, that simply conveys you to a distant place beatwise, doesn’t try to convince you of anything, doesn’t try to raise your emotions, it just is sort of like a drug,” Ablow said.
The song is sung in Korean, so saying the lyrics aren’t intelligible isn’t entirely accurate.
Ablow continued, “Globally, folks are losing their center. They want not to be reminded of what they think and feel, but more conveyed away from it.”
Ablow called the video the “son of Facebook.”
Ablow then talked about the kids book he sent out to publishers, and how he was told “it seems like it has a message” to further drive the point home that Psy’s success is predicated on a “meaningless” song with unintelligible lyrics.
“So it means nothing, but it’s got a nice upbeat to it but you can do the pony and ride around,” O’Reilly said.