Extra! Korea

August 21, 2009

Chosun News tells the Jonas Brothers a big fat lie

Filed under: Uncategorized — extrakorea @ 4:11 am

In a backstage interview with the Jonas Brothers (Hat Tip), Chosun News told them, “You have a lot of fans in Korea.” What a big, fat lie. When it was announced that the Jonas Brothers would take the Wonder Girls on tour with them, many Korean fans said, “Yay! They’re going on tour with the Jonas Brothers! Yay! … Who are the Jonas Brothers?” Almost nobody had heard of them in Korea up until that point. If the Jonas Brothers came to Korea, they’d be lucky to sell out a Starbucks coffee shop. The big Korean music companies (JYP/SM/YG Entertainment, etc.) and TV channels* have effectively shut foreign music out of Korea. Only very recently have I heard anyone listening to the Black Eyed Peas’ Boom Boom Pow, and why? Because 2NE1’s Minji performed a dance to it.

* KBS, SBS, and MBC broadcast Music Bank, Inkigayo, and Show! Music Core, respectively.

August 16, 2009

Former presidential candidate Huh Kyung-young is now a rapper. I’m neither kidding nor on crack

Filed under: humor, politics, Uncategorized — extrakorea @ 11:20 am

Do you remember Huh Kyung-young? He claims to have an I.Q. of 430, be able to see the future, to heal arthritis by touch, and to have been chosen to lead Korea by its mythical founder, Dangun. If elected, he promised to give couples 100 million won for getting married, move the U.N. headquarters to Panmunjom, and unite with Mongolia and, later, China.
He’s just finished an 18-month stint in jail for breaking election laws by spreading false information, such as the notion that after the campaign, he would marry Park Geun-hye. No sooner was he out of the clink than he resumed his eccentric behavior by claiming that the spirit of Michael Jackson visited him in prison, his body pierced with nails like Christ.
Now, Mr. Huh has released his first rap song. I’m not kidding. Thanks to Indieful ROK we can listen to this masterpiece, “Call Me.” Mad props also go out to Nude Viking for translating some of the lyrics:

Look in my eyes/
You will be happy/
Call “Huh Kyung-young”/
You will be healthy/
If you shout “Huh Kyung-young,” you’ll pass your tests/
Look in my eyes/
You’ll lose weight

I know that you will join me in waiting on pins and needles for his follow-up song, “Light of the East (Dongbangui Deungbul).”

July 23, 2009

(Updated) MC Mong’s new, insensitive music video

Filed under: music, Uncategorized — extrakorea @ 8:00 am

To add to his past offense of flagrantly ripping off Unkle‘s “Rabbit in your Headlights” video, MC Mong has now released his music video of “Indian Boy.”
If you want, I’ll spare you the pain. Dressed up as a Native American, Mong goes around chasing people with a bow and arrow, because that’s what Native Americans do. In his defense, the people are after his treasure, so what’s an In-di-an In-di-an In-di-an boy to do? People around him beat drums and shout war-whoops and “Hoo, hoo, hoo!” because that’s what Native Americans do. At one point (2:37), they carry somebody off on a spit, because as everybody knows, Native Americans are cannibals. His followers lower and raise their heads and arms to him in a gesture of worship, because as we all know, Native Americans are superstitious.

I wonder how Mong would feel if an American singer released a music video in which people in hanboks tied a dog to a spit while the he sang:

I’m a Ko-re-an Ko-re-an Ko-re-an boy
(A-ee-go!)
Ko-re-an Ko-re-an Ko-re-an boy
(That dog looks tasty!)

Edit/Update:

There’s something that I didn’t notice before, even though it was staring me right in the face. (Perhaps my brain got overwhelmed by the war bonnet and other nonsense.)

The video begins with elephant sounds and Mong on a safari. I guess the makers of the video thought, “Africans … Indians … What’s the difference? Spear-chuckers, arrow-chuckers, who cares if they’re on opposite ends of the earth? Let’s just make the video.”

May 25, 2009

Worst Photoshop Job Ever

Filed under: humor, Uncategorized — extrakorea @ 1:46 pm

Did they really expect us to believe that this picture is real? (source)

May 19, 2009

Wine cheaper, available in cans and cartons

Filed under: drinking, Uncategorized — extrakorea @ 10:41 am

As a result of direct importation by department stores and other major retailers, wine prices have dropped, in some cases, by up to 40 percent. Also, you can now enjoy your wine in a can or even in a waxed-paper carton.

Edit/Update:

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