Extra! Korea

July 22, 2009

MC Mong totally rips off “Rabbit in your Headlights”

Filed under: intellectual property, music — extrakorea @ 10:57 am

First of all, if you haven’t already, you should watch the video of “Rabbit in your Headlights” by Unkle (below), and continue reading when you’re done.

Finished? OK, now look at this video of “Invincible” by MC Mong.

What a freaking rip off. To those who will claim that it’s a parody: How is this funny? No, the farting was not funny. And the part where he headbutts a girl in the face several times is definitely not funny; it’s misogynist. If he weren’t a neanderthal, he’d know that.

Here’s what I think happened. The original video is like literature or an abstract painting. There are different interpretations, all of which require contemplation or deep thinking. One is that the tunnel represents Life. As you journey, some people hit you, some people try to help you, and others yell at you. If you stop worrying about what other people think, and stand up for yourself, then you become immune to hurt.
Another is that this is about the way that the poor/homeless are treated by society, hence the Christ-like pose at the end.
Yet another interpretation is that only when you lose everything are you free to do anything (hence, the taking off of the jacket).
Or the cars could represent the hectic, fast pace of modern life, and the harm it can do to you. Ignore others’ demands to conform to this, and you immunize yourself.
In any case, it’s obvious that Mong is too dull and shallow to to understand it, so he recasts the video in the only way his simple mind can make sense of it: He’s invincible because he’s Superman. It’s like reading Shakespeare rewritten by an idiot, or a copy of one of Michelangelo’s paintings by someone without artistic talent. Go here to see a teaser video in which he makes Native Americans the butt of jokes.
But then again, this is to be expected, since Mong is a “gagman,” a term referring to comedians (to use the term loosely) who specialize in lowbrow slapstick, such as dancing around in women’s clothes or hitting each other with rubber mallets. Mong is a cast member of a so-called “comedy” show in which somebody literally died from the stupidity.

On September 13, 2004, voice (dubbing) artist and 2003 KBS Entertainment Awards Grand Award (Daesang) winner, Jang Jeong Jin (장정진), was recording for The Lord of the Alley (골목의 제왕) segment where he had to eat rice cakes during a game and was later hospitalized. Because of this incident, Jang died a month later (October 11, 2004) due to necrosis (“brain death”) and loss of oxygenation to the brain.

Some Koreans have referred to him as “Korea’s Tupac Shakur.” Yeah. If Tupac were alive. And did lowbrow slapstick comedy. And had no talent. And no brains.

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9 Comments »

  1. They really call him Korea’s Tupac? LMFFAO.

    Comment by Brian — July 22, 2009 @ 11:06 am

  2. “Go here to see a teaser video in which he makes Native Americans the butt of jokes.”

    To say I’m offended would be an understatement.

    Comment by Blurb — July 22, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

  3. Thanks for reminding me why I left Korea.

    Comment by Bob — July 22, 2009 @ 11:33 pm

  4. Not that I’m defending the twat, but is it MC Mong that makes the decisions? The way the recording industry is in Korea, the artists (or should I say performers?) pretty much just show up. All decisions are made by others. Most aspects of their lives are dictated by others, including what clothes they wear, how they style their hair, and the videos themselves.

    Think back to the Bubble Sisters video that they did in black face about five years ago. The decision to make the video in blackface was made by their producer. He was scolded, but the group–who could actually sing–never made another album.

    I doubt MC Mong has ever actually seen the Unkle video, but surely the producer/director of the video has.

    Comment by Joe — July 23, 2009 @ 2:45 am

    • I know what you’re saying, and it’s an excellent point. However, I think he could have refused to do the part where he beats up the girl. He either didn’t see anything wrong with the scene* or didn’t have enough integrity or spine to refuse.

      * Headbutting a girl in the face several times is funny?

      Comment by extrakorea — July 23, 2009 @ 7:48 am

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  8. […] has been indicted and will go on trail. Frankly, I’m happy. In addition to the fact that Mong is a plagiarizer and makes ignorant music videos, this also means that there will be one less buffoon on Korean TV. […]

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