Review / photos: Psy brings 'Gangnam Style' to Tampa's University Mall amid controversy
A few days ago, who'd have thought the local music event with the biggest national cultural relevance would be, of all people, South Korean YouTube sensation Psy at, of all places, University Mall in Tampa?
When it was revealed this week that in 2004, Psy released a song with some pretty anti-American sentiments, his quick-hit appearance at Tampa's University Mall became more than just a typical celebrity appearance. (Maybe in this contact, the folks at 93.3-FLZ are lucky Psy had to bail on Sunday's Jingle Ball after receiving an invite to the White House).
Some 3,000 people packed into the mall for the chance to see Psy, and they didn't get a very long show. As Robbyn Mitchell writes:
Lights on the stage dimmed at 5 p.m., 30 minutes late. Psy came out in his signature tuxedo and shades. He said his thank-yous and tore into his hit.
Suddenly, the music stopped.
The confused crowd paused mid gallup. Psy said he couldn't hear them singing the lyrics, which are almost entirely in Korean. ... The DJ restarted the track and they were off to the races again. Four minutes later, it was over.
"Thank you for supporting me, Tampa Bay," Psy said. "Keep supporting me."