PSY is very politically correct
South Korean singer PSY—whose song, "Gangnam Style" has recieved the most YouTube views in history at approximately 1.44 billion and counting, and had everyone dancing like two year olds at last year's Christmas parties—has announced that he will be changing the name of his next single, “Assarabia”, because he thinks it may offend Arab people.
The term has nothing to do with the Arabian Peninsula, by the way; South Koreans use it to express thrill, but prudent PSY is taking the high road on this one.
After his performance of "Gangnam Style" on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Psy commented "I'm really working hard on a new single right now, and I'm not saying ["Gangnam"] is ending on Dick Clark — I still have a lot of invitations to perform it . . . let me say that in America I need a new single because "Gangnam Style" got too popular, so I've got to write a new single."
He’s got to write “a” new single. And he’d better make this one count because he can’t afford (well, sure he can, but let’s not quibble) to mess it up by pissing off an entire culture.
I must say it’s refreshing to see someone willing to compromise their own work in order to be considerate. It doesn’t have to be a free-for-all of wanton, unchecked expression all the time, in the name of freedom of speech.
But on the other hand, you can’t blame him, either. This is a guy who got really freaking famous for one song, and is now a multi-millionaire because of international downloading (South Koreans download music for real, real cheap).
Personally, I can't wait for the new single to drop. PSY's no fool, he knows if he doesn't knock this one out of the park, the fickle world of online tweens and punters is going to lose interest fast.
He's got to ramp it up for this one; this one's going to be a masterstroke, I can feel it. This one's going to be amazing.