Reaction to the Overreaction: Psy feat. Snoop Dog – Hangover

Ok, so a lot of flames are stirring already around this song and it has been less than a full day since its release. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the comment section on YouTube.

People are up in arms, thinking that this is encouraging drinking. On the contrary, I believe the message is far from encouragement. Firstly, Psy is known for his outrageous persona in his music. This doesn’t however mean that his videos should be blown off or disregarded, but rather that his messages are far from straight forwards and are often portrayed with his trademark satirical twist. Need proof? Take a closer look at his two more recent hits “Gangnam Style” and “Gentlemen” both of which make fun of what is in their titles.

Gangnam District in Seoul is known for it’s elevated (and expensive) style trends which he pokes fun at with his outrageous videos and lyrics.  Gentleman also does the same, making fun of the gentleman ideal which is far from what most people follow. (Take a look at lyrics and translations for Gangnam Style and Gentleman).

South Korea has a huge drinking culture. There are a lot of codes around proper drinking and it often happens on formal occasions as well as with close friends. For some of the basics, take a look at EatYourKimchi’s seven steps to drinking properly here. Seoulistic also points out that South Korean drinking etiquette often leads to over-consumption.

Combine Psy’s satirical style and information on the drinking culture, it is a lot easier to flip the coin to see that he is not encouraging over-consumption and lack of self-controlled drinking. Rather, it is a comment on what it leads to. Getting wasted and mass public misbehavior from over-drinking is not desirable. The whole video displays the absurdity that can happen afterwards from it. How is that encouragement to drink?What do you think?

The best part about art is that it can be interpreted in many ways. So please, before making a judgement on artistic works that have underlying symbolism, do a little research rather than going to arms and condemning it.

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Laci Green – “Elliot Roger: More than a Madman”

Alright, so I don’t necessarily agree with Laci in that culture is an illness, but aside from that I believe anyone involved in American culture should see this issue clearly. This is not about guns or knives or weapons, but about the psychology of a culture. Take a look at Laci’s thoughts (forewarning: this may not be entirely appropriate for young audiences, but it must be addressed one way or another).

Also, I would recommend taking a look at her note about blaming mentally ill people here. You can read more statistics similar to the distressing ones Laci found at Mother Jones (as posted on Upworthy).

This is a pervasive problem. It’s past time to put the politics aside and figure out what we can do about it.

Spanish Pop: Juanes feat. Nelly Furtado – Fotografía (Spanish/English Lyrics)

Lyrics

Español

Fotografía

Cada vez que yo me voy,
Llevo a un lado de mi piel
Tus fotografías para verlas cada vez
Que tú ausencia me devora entero el corazón
Y yo no tengo remedio más que amarte.

Y en la distancia te puedo ver,
Cuando tus fotos me siento a ver.
Y en las estrellas tus ojos ver,
Cuando tus fotos me siento a ver.

Cada vez que te busco te vas,
Y cada vez que te llamo no estás,
Es por eso que debo decir que
Tú sólo en mis fotos estás.
(x2)

Cuando hay un abismo desnudo
Que se opone entre los dos,
Yo me valgo del recuerdo taciturno de tu voz,
Y de nuevo siento enfermo este corazón
Que no le queda remedio más que amarte.

Y en la distancia te puedo ver,
Cuando tus fotos me siento a ver.
Y en las estrellas tus ojos ver,
Cuando tus fotos me siento a ver.

Cada vez que te busco te vas,
Y cada vez que te llamo no estás,
Es por eso que debo decir que
Tú sólo en mis fotos estás.
(x2)

Cada vez que te busco te vas,
Y cada vez que te llamo no estás,
Es por eso que debo decir que
Tú sólo en mis fotos estás.
(x2)

English

Photograph

Every time that I leave,
I carry by my skin
Your photographs, to see them every time
That your absence eats my heart whole
And I have no other choice but to love you.

And in the distance I can see you,
When your photos I sit down to see.
And in the stars (I) see your eyes,
When your photos I sit down to see.

Every time I look for you, you leave,
And every time I call you, you are not there,
It is because of that that I must say,
You are only in my photographs.
(x2)

Where there is a naked abyss
That puts itself between the two of us,
I put stock in the taciturn memory of your voice,
And once again I feel this heart sick,
With no other cure but to love you.

And in the distance I can see you,
When your photos I sit down to see.
And in the stars (I) see your eyes,
When your photos I sit down to see.

Every time I look for you, you leave,
And every time I call you, you are not there,
It is because of that that I must say,
You are only in my photographs.
(x2)

Every time I look for you, you leave,
And every time I call you, you are not there,
It is because of that that I must say,
You are only in my photographs.
(x2)

Spanish Pop: Don Omar – Danza Kuduro (Spanish/Portuguese/English Lyrics)

Lyrics

Español

Danza Kuduro

A and X
El Orfanato
Danza Kuduro (Plop, Plop, Plop…)
Lucenzo
El Rey…!

La Mano Arriba
Cintura Sola
Da Media Vuelta
Danza Kuduro
No Te Canses Ahora
Que Esto Sólo Empieza
Mueve La Cabeza
Danza Kuduro

La Mano Arriba
Cintura Sola
Da Media Vuelta
Danza Kuduro
No Te Canses Ahora
Que Esto Sólo Empieza
Mueve La Cabeza
Danza Kuduro

Quien Puede Domar La Fuerza Del Mal Que Se Mete Por Tus Venas
Lo Caliente Del Sol Que Se Te Metió Y No Te Deja Quieta, Nena
Quien Puede Parar Eso Que Al Bailar Descontrola Tus Caderas (Sexy…!)
Y Ese Fuego Que Quema Por Dentro Y Lento, Te Convierte En Fiera

Con La Mano Arriba
Cintura Sola
Da Media Vuelta
Sacude Duro
No Te Quites Ahora
Que Esto Sólo Empieza
Mueve La Cabeza
Sacude Duro

*Balança que é uma loucura
Morena vem a meu lado
Ninguém vai ficar parado
Quero ver mexe kuduro
Balançar que é uma loucura
Morena vem a meu lado
Ninguém vai ficar parado
Oi, oi, oi, oi, oi, oi, oi…
Vem para quebrar kuduro, vamos dançar kuduro
Oi, oi, oi, oi, oi, oi, oi…
Seja morena ou loira, vem balançar kuduro
Oi, oi, oi…

*(Parte de Portugués)

English

Dance to Kuduro

A and X
The Orphanage
Danza Kuduro (Plop, Plop, Plop…)
Lucenzo
The King…!

Put your hands up
Moving only the hips
Turn half around
Dance to Kuduro
Don’t lose your breath now
Because this has just started
Move your head
Dance to Kuduro

Put your hands up
Moving only the hips
Turn half around
Dance to Kuduro
Don’t lose your breath now
Because this has just started
Move your head
Dance to Kuduro

Who’s going to control the power of this wicked feeling that now gets through your veins
and the heat like the sun that can’t let you be still at the beat, babe.
Who’s going to stop this feeling that makes your hips lose control as you dance.
This fire burning inside you slowly is gonna get you wild

Put your hands up
Moving only the hips
Turn half around
Dance to Kuduro
Don’t lose your breath now
Because this has just started
Move your head
Dance to Kuduro

*Move your body, this here is so crazy
Morena, come to my side
No one is going to be still
I want to see you, come on, shake to kuduro
Move your body, this here is so crazy
Morena, come to my side
No one is going to be still
Oi, oi, oi, oi, oi, oi, oi…
Come shake your hips, let’s dance kuduro
Oi, oi, oi, oi, oi, oi, oi…
Brunette or blonde, come on, dance the kuduro
Oi, oi, oi…

*(Portuguese Part)