• Wed, Sep 19 2012

The Internet Strikes Again: Future Military Leaders Spending Time On A YouTube Gangnam Style Dance Battle

Judging from the stories I’ve heard from my good friend at West Point about the things cadets do to amuse themselves (Pretty much anything involving nudity for a non-sexual purpose), I can’t say this really surprises me. And yet, I can’t help but think about all the vitally important military strategies these Navy guys could have been learning while they were rehearsing for, filming, re-filming, editing, and producing this “Gangnam Style” video. But despite my qualms about some of our future naval commanders missing, I don’t know, “Steering A Ship 101,” and despite my Army ties, I can’t deny that the Midshipmen did a hell of a job with this beauty. The video is approaching 700,000 views in two days, and I’m expecting that number to skyrocket as “Gangnam Style” continues its bizarre hypnosis of this country.

I’ll go ahead and start with the fact that the lead guy is kind of extremely hot. And by kind of extremely I mean I’m just mentally filling in blue eyes and calling him the perfect man. From what I’ve learned about the possibly-some-sort-of-cult-like-brain-washing-chant that makes up “Gangnam Style”‘s lyrics, pairing the song with a bunch of sexy (if incompetent – you really can’t miss that class guys) sailors, is a perfect match.

According to The NY Daily News (because semi-legitimate news organizations are writing articles about Psy and his horse-riding dance. Their phrase, not mine):

“Gangnam is a wealthy neighborhood in the South Korean city of Seoul where young people go to party. In the song, Psy describes the kind of guy he is and the kind of girl he wants, painting caricatures of the ostentatious culture of people who hang out in Gangnam.”

So when you’re fist pumping and singing “Oppagangasai,” what you’re actually trying to say is “Oppan Gangnam style,” which essentially means “I have the style of a hot rich dude that lives in this swanky neighborhood in South Korea.” Or at least that’s what I got when I typed it into Google translate. Call me a stereotype-promoter but, aside from the whole living in South Korea thing I think guys that go to Navy are pretty qualified to be singing that song.

Of course, it didn’t take long for the cadets over at West Point to catch on, and probably the ones over at Air Force and Coast Guard and Merchant Marine too. One of whom, I’d be willing to bet, created this gem:

Wow guys, jealous much? Luckily, thanks to exclusive information gleaned from Crushable’s nationwide wiretapping network, we know that Army isn’t taking this lying down. That’s right: Get ready Midshipmen, because the Black Knights are coming for you, horse-riding dance and all.

Gangnam Style, military strategy… at least they have their priorities in order. May the best academy win.

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