Korean rap star and international sensation Psy met with U.N. Secretary Gen. Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday as part of Psy (real name: Park Jae-sang)’s visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
During the U.N. visit, Ban heaped praise upon his countryman, saying that he was happy to cede the title of world’s most famous South Korean to the rising “K-pop” (Korean pop music) sensation.
“I’m a bit jealous,” he said. “Until two days ago someone told me I am the most famous Korean in the world. Now I have to relinquish. I have no regrets. So now you have first and second famous Korean in the same building.”
And while the U.N. official insisted to Psy, “I know that you are here to see me dance but don’t worry – I cannot even imitate your movement,” he gamely followed Psy’s lead and imitated the arms and wrists of the horse-like “Gangnam Style” dance, which mocks the nouveau riche residents of Seoul’s Gangnam district.
The song and its accompanying dance have gone viral, with its video clocking in more than 530 million views on YouTube. Parodies have sprung up all over the web, from the the political “Mitt Romney Style” video to a deadpan parody version by Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei-Wei.
Ban even seemed to think that perhaps the dance could alter the course of tough negotiations in the multi-national alliance.
“We have tough negotiations in the United Nations. In such a case I was also thinking of playing Gangnam Style-dance so that everybody would stop and dance. Maybe you can bring UN style?” he said, then congratulated Psy on his “unlimited global reach.”
Earlier this month, Ban praised Psy to the press, calling his music a force for peace. “Through this promotion of arts we can better understand the culture and civilizations of other people,” he said.
Watch the video, embedded via Reuters, below: