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First of all, let me start off by saying that the nuance is extremely subtle, so in order for me to explain it, I'm going to have to exaggerate the meaning a little bit.
Traditionally Korean women prefer men who are a couple years older (This is not necessarily true anymore.) Therefore any decent man who is older is considered a potential mate, whereas women generally considered younger guys just as a kid and not a real man. “Oppa” is also a very friendly term used between close people. Rather than using “시” which is the equivalent of “Mr.”, Psy introduces himself as “oppa” right away so that he can pretend to be closer to the girl than he actually is.
Basically by calling himself oppa, Psy is saying that the girl should look at him as a potential mate. He’s subtly hitting on her.
In addition, there is a sort of an age hierarchy because oppa means that Psy is older. The hierarchy in combination with his claim of being of a wealthy Gangnam Style implies, "Hey there little girl, let this big, strong man take care of you." This fits in really well with the rest of the song because the "Oppa" character in the song is a poser who tries to act all Gangnam (rich, well-educated.)
Therefore considering all of that together, the phrase “Oppan Gangnam Style” criticizes women for being golddiggers who only like rich guys so they can buy them luxury bags and overpriced coffee.
On the other hand, it’s also making fun of Korean men who think they can get women simply by flashing and pretending that they have a lot of wealth.
I realize that that’s a lot of innuendo from just a three word phrase, but “Oppan Gangnam Style” really does imply all of that. Hence the genius of this song. Other phrases in the song also imply just as much, particularly the ones about coffee, but they are extremely difficult to explain to someone who is unaware of Korean culture…and I don't think I'm articulate enough to explain….sorry.
Originally posted by Girl ^ Yes it's sad when you stare at the shape of my penis through my overly skin tight jeans and not help but feel like a shameful little boy compared to me.
It's a pretty catchy pop song that represents many of the traits that 'average' person likes and combines everything in such a way that you get the Gangnam style craze phenomenon.
The amazing thing is that even though we can all agree that it is extremely played out, it is and will always be remembered as the internet sensation that wowed and entertained such a broad group of individuals from all over the world.
This is a feat that I humbly admire and respect from the time I shared it with my friends (Was just over 1 million views) and now with it having over 300 million views! When I hear the song on the radio I don't mind it and just enjoy it for what it is; afterwards I go about with my day with the expectation that a new craze will take over the world. It's only a matter of time