By Dawn Wang
A funeral band performs ‘Gangnam Style’ in Nanjing.
In the week that Korean megastar Psy premiered his new single ‘Gentleman’ to the world, ‘Gangnam Style’ is still saturating Chinese sound systems, even at funerals. Many netizens have reported hearing YouTube’s most popular song ever playing from funeral homes in Nanjing.
Weibo user @格锐杨 was one of the first to report the strange new funeral soundtrack, saying that he heard ‘Gangnam Style’ from a funeral hall after several dirges. “I did not know it has even become a convention to play pop songs like Gangnam style at funerals in cities like Nanjing” he said.
Nanjing locals chimed in to express their discontent of hearing ‘Gangnan Style’ repeatedly from funeral halls (and cafes, and clubs, and hair salons, and taxis, and etc.), but will “tolerate” it in respect of the departed, according to Yangtse News.
Psy has gained over 15 million fans on Weibo, inspiring a spate of parodies in China. In January, a group of migrant workers in Wuhan performed the signature ‘Gangnam Style’ dance in protest over unpaid wages.The humor and satire that made ‘Gangnam Style’ a viral phenomenon seems to be being overlooked by those asking for it at funerals.
While ‘Nanjing Funeral Style’ might seem strange, at least they’re not hiring strippers to perform for the dead.