VIDEO: Oppa Chomsky Style
MIT's hilarious "Gangam Style" parody video features a surprising cameo from Lexington resident and noted intellectual Noam Chomsky.
Noam Chomsky, a man not necessarily known for brevity, needed only three words to steal the show in MIT's tremendous parody of Korean pop sensation Psy's "Gangnam Style" music video.
There's music and dancing and mascots and a capella and horse heads and even a Barstool Blackout-style club scene. And then, at about the 3:20 mark, it happens: The music stops and there's Chomsky, who sips from his cup of tea, looks up and deadpans, "Oppan Chomsky style."
By Tuesday afternoon, the MIT parody had been seen more than 500,000 times on YouTube, which, while impressive, is less than 1/10th as many times as the original, according to HuffPost College.
A Lexington resident known as "the father of modern linguistics," Chomsky made an appearance in his hometown recently and spoke about Occupy Wall Street, modern elections and more at a public policy forum hosted by state Rep. Jay Kaufman. But all he did here was elevate the MIT parody video "from 'great' to 'mind-buggeringly awesome,'" according to MSN.
More about the video, from HuffPost:
The MIT Admissions blog notes that the video took weeks to produce. Rehearsals started in early October, and the preparation shows. Directed by MIT student Eddie Ha, the video is evidence of a massive group effort on the part of the MIT community. Besides the video's star, fellow MIT student Richard Yoon and the MIT Korean Students Association, the video also features several varsity athletic teams, the MIT mascot, the school's Dean of Admissions, an a cappella group and more than a few surprisingly energetic professors, not to mention MIT's most famous educator, Chomsky.