Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Gangnam Egyptian Style

For anybody who hasn't been living under a rock the past month, the phrase "Gangnam Style" is something you're pretty much guaranteed to have heard. The YouTube video has clocked an astounding 658,297,390 views, making it the second most viewed YouTube video - ever.  Produced by the South Korean performer, Psy, Gangnam Style has spawned an entire culture of parody videos. [If you have been living under a rock and have yet to see this video, click the link and be fore-warned, if you are consuming any beverage at this time it is likely to spray your computer monitor from laughing]

In my opinion, one of the best parody videos I have seen to date is one produced by Egypt's disalata.com, titled "Hobaaaa Egyptian Style." Anyone who has lived in Egypt, or even those who have visited and seen the 'real' face of the country, and not the one tailored for the tourists, will greatly enjoy this video.

My favourite bits have got to be the chorus and the constant reference to baladi salad (tomatoes and cucumbers). Egyptians all have one fantastic trait in common: they are fully capable of laughing at themselves and have a great sense of humour.

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