Psy's Gentleman video praised and banned
Gangnam Style star Psy was praised by South Korea's president and slammed by its state broadcaster all on the same day Thursday, as his new song Gentleman made more than just musical waves.music Updated: Apr 18, 2013 16:02 IST
Gangnam Style star Psy was praised by South Korea's president and slammed by its state broadcaster all on the same day Thursday, as his new song Gentleman made more than just musical waves.
While President Park Geun-Hye cited Psy's "exemplary" respect for copyright principles, KBS television banned the Gentleman music video saying it could encourage anti-social behaviour.
A KBS statement suggested the offending sequences in the video, which has already clocked up 140 million views on YouTube, showed Psy jaywalking down an empty street and then kicking a traffic cone labelled No Parking.
KBS said the images might set a bad example to younger viewers and did not meet the standards set by the state broadcaster.
"We strictly forbid any material that might disturb basic public order," the statement said.
The video ban came as President Park Geun-Hye favourably name-checked Psy during a meeting with policymakers in which she urged a "paradigm shift" from an economy based on manufacturing to one that embraced creativity.
"Growth led by a few big firms and the government are bound to be limited... we need a healthy ecosystem of creative entrepreneurs," she said, citing late Apple founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates as examples.