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Makna Sindiran di Balik Lagu Gangnam Style
KOMPAS.com - Mungkin Anda tak kenal nama Park Jae-sang. Namun, kalau disebut ”Gangnam Style” yang dinyanyikan oleh PSY kemungkinan besar Anda tahu apa yang dimaksud. Video penyanyi rap Korea Selatan itu telah ditonton lebih dari 229 juta kali di YouTube sejak diunggah pertengahan Juli, dan angka itu terus naik. Tak perlu kemampuan berbahasa Korea untuk menikmati tarian gaya naik kuda PSY dengan bagian refrain lagu yang mudah diingat, bahkan cenderung terus terngiang-ngiang itu. Namun, di balik lagu yang terdengar lucu dan konyol itu ada narasi mengenai orang kaya baru di Korsel dan Gangnam, nama distrik makmur tempat sebagian besar dari mereka tinggal. Gangnam mungkin hanya sepotong kecil Seoul, tetapi kawasan itu menimbulkan campuran hasrat, iri hati dan kepahitan. Gangnam saat ini adalah alamat paling didambakan di Korea. Namun, kurang dari dua generasi lalu kawasan itu hanya berisi rumah-rumah telantar yang dikelilingi tanah pertanian datar dan parit-parit drainase. Distrik Gangnam, yang artinya ”sebelah selatan sungai”, hanya dihuni sekitar 1 persen dari total penduduk Seoul, tetapi hampir semuanya adalah orang kaya raya. Apartemen di Gangnam rata-rata berharga sekitar 716.000 dollar AS (Rp 6,8 miliar). Dibutuhkan waktu sekitar 18 tahun bagi sebuah keluarga rata-rata di Korsel untuk mengumpulkan uang sebanyak itu. Selama ini pusat kekuasaan pemerintah dan bisnis di Seoul terletak di sebelah utara Sungai Han, di kawasan sekitar istana kerajaan. Di sanalah para orang kaya lama tinggal. Sejak 1970-an Sementara Gangnam adalah tempat orang kaya baru, yakni orang-orang yang diuntungkan booming ekonomi yang dimulai pada era 1970-an. Dengan meroketnya harga apartemen pada awal 2000-an, para pemilik tanah dan spekulan menjadi kaya raya dalam sekejap. Keluarga-keluarga kaya di distrik itu semakin kaya. Banyak orang Korsel merasa terganggu karena warga Gangnam dianggap jadi kaya bukan karena mengikuti nilai-nilai tradisional Korsel, yaitu kerja keras dan pengorbanan, tapi sekadar beruntung karena tinggal di sepotong kawasan yang didambakan. ”Gangnam menimbulkan rasa iri hati dan tidak suka. Warga Gangnam adalah kelas atas Korsel, tapi orang Korsel menganggap mereka egois, tanpa rasa noblesse oblige,” kata Kim Zakka, kritikus musik pop di Seoul. Dengan gaya yang konyol, lagu PSY membicarakan hal-hal itu. PSY dianggap jauh sekali dari gaya hidup Gangnam alias ”Gangnam Style”. ”Saya tidak tampan, saya tidak tinggi, saya tidak kekar, saya tidak kurus,” kata PSY baru-baru ini di acara TV AS, Today. Lagu ”Gangnam Style”, menurut kritikus musik Baak Eun-seok, menggambarkan hubungan ”benci tapi rindu” masyarakat Korsel dengan Gangnam. Dengan gaya parodi dalam klip video lagu tersebut, PSY menyindir berbagai gaya hidup warga Gangnam, seperti tampil cantik atau tampan dengan operasi plastik, memakai segala jenis barang mewah, dan langsing karena mampu membayar pelatih yoga.
"Hannah Montana" caused Body Dysmorphia for young Miley Cyrus
It really wasn't the best of both worlds. News about Miley Cyrus' battle with body dysmorphia during her 'Hannah Montana' days has really come in like a wrecking ball! It comes as a surprise to many because Hannah Montana was the persona that every little girl in the United States wanted to mimic back in the day. Hannah Montana was a disney phenomenon during the prime years of Disney Channel. Cyrus came after the days of Hilary Duff's Lizzie McGuire pop stars days. Cyrus was popular before Nickelodeon's Victorious and Disney's High School Musical. She controlled the market and with no real pop star competition in the mainstream music industry, Cyrus was able to dominate. She went on tour selling out stadiums that no entertainer had ever done before. And then it all changed. Miley Cyrus started to show signs of someone who was drastically unrecognizable to the bubble gum sparkly pop princess the country fell in love with. First, Cyrus at age 15, shocked the world when a picture of her holding only a sheet over her chest graced Vogue. Though Annie Leibovitz, world famous photographer, is known for provocative and shockingly amazing photos, people were horrified to see a tween girl being sexualized. However, the cutesy image continued to be quickly discarded after the Hannah Montana movie. We saw "Party In The USA", "The Climb", and "7 Things I Hate About You". But then she hit the ultimate turning point in her shocking song, "I Can't Be Tamed". The teenage years would surprise everyone and Cyrus showed that she wasn't kidding around. Twerking, tongue wagging, nudity, drugs, alcohol, and a short pixie haircut would be Cyrus' new image and she continues to create controversy with each passing year. However, she has never felt more like herself. That was then. She wore sparkly clothing with bedazzled jewelry. She was your typical American pop star with a platinum blonde wig and blue eyes. It was all confetti, backup dancers, and lazer lights before Cyrus even realized what was going on. "From the time I was 11, it was, 'You're a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing,'" Miley told Marie Claire for their September issue,"Meanwhile, I'm this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras." Though Cyrus didn't feel comfortable with all of the changes, she remained silent. How could she complain? Her life was perfect from an outsider's view. She was getting everything she ever wanted, well, THOUGHT she wanted. But Cyrus quickly learned she wasn't being herself and that needed to change. "I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, Who the f**k am I?" This is now. She's 22-years-old and just completed her sexually exhilarating Bangerz Tour in October. With major hits like "Wrecking Ball", "Adore You", and "We Can't Stop", Cyrus has been raking in the money. She's currently working on her fifth studio album that will undoubtedly hit number one on the charts as soon as it's released. Cyrus is even hosting the highly anticipated 2015 VMAs this year guaranteeing that it'll be a spectacle. But even though she is finally comfortable in her own skin and reaping success, she has never forgotten her past. "I would have anxiety attacks. I'd get hot flashes, feel like I was about to pass up or throw up. It would happen a lot before shows, and I'd have to cancel. Then the anxiety started coming from anxiety," Miley shared. "You get in this hole that seems like you're never going to be able to get out of." Cyrus also continued to note that she'd "probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company." Her image may be too controversial these days. "Unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak," Miley added. "But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world."
Twitter's Biggest Celebrity WAR
"Gun in my purse, b*tch I came dressed to kill...." On July 21st, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to release her frustrations with the MTV VMAs nominations. Minaj is largely upset that her music video "Anaconda" was not nominated for Best Choreography and Best Video of the Year when it definitely should have been. Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" hit 19.6 million views in the first 24 hours breaking all previous VEVO records. The next to break Minaj's VEVO records was Taylor Swift which is why when Minaj refers to "girls" in her tweets, it's why many think is ultimately a poke at Swift. The "Anaconda" video caused a media storm filled with men sexualizing Minaj, women critiquing, thousands of memes, celebrity mockery, and Minaj risking her self image. Everyone who was anyone talked about that video and was OBSESSED. However, MTV Video Music Awards still didn't nominate her video. Ridiculous. This isn't the first time a video that deserved a nomination was snubbed. Katy Perry's "Roar" was not nominated last year when the view count for her video broke multiple records. She took to Twitter last year prior to the awards upset over the nominations. It has now opened the gates for all artists to feel comfortable to use their voice to call out the award show when they know they deserved a nomination. Minaj called out the award show saying that she has done everything the other nominees have done in her series of tweets but because she is black, she's been discriminated against and everyone knows it : It all started out with Minaj pointing out the flaws in how nominees are selected... Then Taylor Swift swooped in and reprimanded Minaj's tweets in the stance of faux-feminism. Minaj responded proving that Swift was in the wrong. Swift tried to make it about herself completely missing Minaj's point. And yet in all of the chaos, Kim Kardashian still managed to get involved... Ryan Seacrest jumped in siding with Swift which led to a swarm of attacks at Seacrest. He eventually deleted his tweet that victimized Swift and made Minaj look like she was attacking and weak. Yikes. And then Meek Mill thought it'd also be appropriate to throw shade at Drake. Horrible timing. Of course Bruno Mars tried to lighten the situation by launching a fake Twitter fight against Ed Sheeran. Aaron Paul invited the girls to pancakes. Indirectly, they were all mocking the girls and their behavior. They got to sit back and watch the show unfold... Katy Perry favorited Bruno Mar's tweet amidst the criticism of Taylor Swift. SHOCKER. "Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it." Fans are NOT HAPPY with the nominations or Taylor Swift. In the past, Best Music Video of the Year is the top award for genre-defining videos. It's been given to Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance", Katy Perry's "Firework", Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)", and Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U" in the past. Minaj is simply pointing out that nominations should be given and awarded to artists who are getting it based off of achievement. That's what an award show is for. Do you think Minaj is in the right? I think so.