Guardian- The dance has inspired a host of parodies, the song has hit the top of the charts in South Korea, Malaysia, Finland and Latvia, and the YouTube video has accumulated more than 227m views. Now, according to Thai media, Gangnam Style, by the K-pop star Psy, has inspired a West Side Story-esque show of rivalry between two Bangkok gangs who are said to have had a dance-off before engaging in a gun battle. The INN website reported that the two gangs were dining in the same restaurant when “the younger members of both groups danced provocatively at each other in the manner of top hit Gangnam Style”. The dance-off escalated into an argument and, eventually, a gun attack in the upmarket Ekkamai neighbourhood, in which one of the gangs fired at least 50 bullets from a carbine and an 11mm gun. No one was injured in the incident, police Lt Col Apichart Thongchandee told the Bangkok Post. He said the two gangs had a history of confrontation and would face arrest warrants.
As far as I’m concerned there is only one barometer you can use to judge how popular a song is. I don’t give a shit how many people like your video on Youtube. It doesn’t matter that for the next three months I won’t be able to walk into any room featuring a combination of people and alcohol and not hear PSY at least once. The reality is you haven’t really made it until people start committing felonies because of your song. And based on that criteria, Gangnam Style might be the most successful release in the history of music. Think about it: Despite the astronomical amount of gay sex sparked by the Village People, to this day there are officially zero recorded instances of anal rape caused by the YMCA. The Bloods and Crips weren’t shooting at each other because someone Moonwalked in the wrong hood back in the 80s. You didn’t hear stories about MS-13 going on mass beheading sprees after someone served them by nailing all 16 steps of the Macarena. But over in Bangkok people Gangnam so hard motherfuckers want to fight them. There;s literally groups of Thai gang members that can gallop so well that the only possible retaliation the opposing side has is to see how well they can dance their way out of the path of bullets.