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Gangnam Style Opening Ceremony In Penang Malaysia

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock because you’re scared to death of the politicians that want to destroy our Freedoms, then you’ve likely heard of the song Gangnam Style by the Korean rapper PSY (video HERE).  It’s hard to utter the words “Korean” and “rapper” in the same sentence and keep a straight face.

Gangnam Style was used for the opening ceremonies (Video HERE) for the $2M RM (2M Malaysian Ringgits = ~$700K U.S.) 8000 sq.ft. Harley-Davidson dealer in Penang, Malaysia this month.

It’s a crazy world when a Korean pop song (K-pop) is used to introduce an American iconic brand (which is the poster child for freedom) to Malaysian motorcycle enthusiasts.  In case you didn’t do the Google, Malaysia is a country where 60% (approx. 25M people) are Muslims and if I understand the ruling correctly, dancing is not something permissible.

Harley-Davidson Penang

The K-pop song shot to meteoric fame during the Olympics.  It got another boost when Justin Bieber’s manager (Scooter Braun) picked up the group and they recently performed on the Today show.   So the song is still lingering around.  PSY (real name is Jae-Sang Park) is a complete goofball.  He looks like someone you’d see at a late night Karaoke club who drank too much Soju (Korean alcohol). He’s singing off pitch, but the sunglasses make you look cool so roll with it and no one should take notice.  The video is like watching rainbows and unicorns in a train wreck. But, then you find yourself for the rest of the day saying out loud over and over…”GANGNAM STYLE”… followed by outbreaks of a goofy horse dancing move in your kitchen.  I mean, you not me of course.

You might be asking yourself the question, what is this Gangnam Style anyway?

Gangnam is actually a very affluent area of Seoul, South Korea.  Evidently it’s not unusual to find Mercedes, Porsches and BMW’s in the area as opposed to Hyundai and Daewoo like in the rest of the city.  ”Gangnam means, it’s like Beverly Hills of Korea.” PSY told ABC news.  Referring to the video PSY says, “But the guy doesn’t look like Beverly Hills. Dance doesn’t look like Beverly Hills. … And the situation in music video doesn’t look like Beverly Hills. But he keeps saying he’s Beverly Hills style. So that’s the point. It’s sort of a twist.”

I love it.

Korean Rapper – PSY

After going viral, PSY’s outrageous dance moves have led to numerous imitation videos, including one here in Oregon featuring the Oregon Duck, the University of Oregon’s mascot. In fact, there was a video released this week where the entire UO band got into the Gangnam Style act HERE during a half-time.

And speaking of Freedom… I like that I live in a country where people are able to work hard and chase whatever awesome dream they can think up.  Even if it’s a goofy dance video that goes viral and they make millions from it.  I want them to be able to order a 52 oz soda if that’s what they want to drink.  I want them to be able to buy a Harley-Davidson, Porsche or Hyundai or whatever it is that makes them happy.  I like living in a country so free that you can defy all the odds.  You can try things and screw up and begin again.  In short, success is an awesome thing.  And living in a country that promotes success and successful living should be trumpeted.  So go for your GANGNAM STYLE to your heart’s content.  We’re still free to dance in our kitchens!

And speaking of success.  Memo to H-D Marketing… please send me a GANGNAM STYLE Harley t-shirt when you get it designed.  I don’t want to buy a Korean knock-off.

UPDATE: September 27, 2012 — According to the Guinness World Records the Gangnam Style video has now become the most liked video of all time on YouTube.

Photos courtesy of H-D Penang, and Michael Kovac/Getty Images

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The once-fictional Tru Blood beverage from the HBO hit series “True Blood” has come to life in bottle form this September.  It’s a blood-orange carbonated drink concoction with a 3-V mixture of Vodka, Vicodin, and Viagra… to bring out the vampire in you!

Actually I made up that 3-V mixture part, it’s just a premium priced slightly tart and sweet flavored drink.  Much better tasting than the two-ounce bottle of “Gulf Water” priced for $9.99 at oilspillwater.com!

But, speaking of bottling up the motorcycle elixir of life, and drinking the water,  long-time Sturgis rally veteran Tom Brandy had a dream to bring the Black Hills of South Dakota motorcycle rally to the rest of the world and now that will happen with the first event set in South Korea on September 17-21st.  In addition to having the common “South” in the festival city name many of the motorcycle events will be similar to the long-standing rally in the U.S.

Mr. Brandy is catering heavily to locals (website is in Korean) and it’s anticipated there will be large groups of motorcyclists from China and Japan in attendance.  There will be hill climbs, entertainment along with a broad set of custom bike builders (Ness, Perewitz, Trotta) in attendance.  No word yet on who from Harley-Davidson will be in attendance and whether they plan to scout potential manufacturing plants?

Harley-Davidsonesque Scooter (photo taken in Tokyo)

I can visualize an Asia blog post reflecting on the event already…

“For kilometers, the bikers have been overtaking the little KIA cars. Gleaming low-slung motorcycles with fat tires and riders settled into the seats, sometimes a pillion person too (i.e. “bitch”). Most built with a Harley-Davidsonesque Hog image, but instead sport two cycles.  Some of the riders nicknamed their Korean bikes the “Kimchi Piglet” as it has the porcine image but still hasn’t properly grown up yet. With legs stuck out in front so they’re nearly parallel to the outstretched arms operating the controls, booted feet pointed at the sky — riders rushed past an artillery range with the world’s most fortified border, breathing semi-toxic pollution and dodging kamikaze pizza-delivery scooters. Sturgis ASIA welcomed riders to the land of Kimchi, beautiful Asian girls and the home to a surprisingly strong motorcycle culture.”

Wouldn’t it be something if Sturgis ASIA surpassed Sturgis U.S. in attendance records?!  Japan is really the big custom motorcycle scene, however, when I was in Seoul, South Korea a few years ago they didn’t want anything to do with Japanese and likely explains why the event is not held in Tokyo.

Water bottle photo created.  Logo courtesy of The City Of Sturgis Rally Department and Sturgis ASIA web site.

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