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Is Psy alpha?

Most-watched music video in the history of mankind. And he’s Korean.

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shiva1008 writes: “I think Lion is trolling us with these alpha and beta posts.”

I admit that it’s pretty funny reading the comments with people arguing whether Psy is beta because he’s pudgy, goofy, and married, or is alpha because he’s rich and famous and dancing with Hyun-a who’s considered one of the top-ten sexiest women in Korea (although I personally think that Katy Perry is way sexier).

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

October 25, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Posted in Music videos

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  1. What’s alpha is how his manager Scooter Braun signed him. When “Gangnam Style” was just starting to go viral, Braun sent out a tweet falsely implying that he had missed out on signing him. This threw his competition off the trail, and Braun swooped on and signed him.


    October 25, 2014 at 10:06 pm

  2. “alpha” and “beta” aren’t natural kinds.

    they’re merely terms in the ideology of betas. 😉

    First Ypres

    October 25, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    • Yes, it’s an oversimplification. A single person can be alpha in one situation and beta in another. Yet they are talked about as if they are concrete realities. At best they are archetypes, but even then they are heavily influenced by current American culture so they are skewed.


      October 26, 2014 at 5:11 am

      • A single person can be alpha in one situation and beta in another. Yet they are talked about as if they are concrete realities.

        You just accidentally described alpha perfectly. An alpha knows who to suck up to and who to shiv.

        A beta is default respectful and agreeable even to people he could get away with hurting, while an omega will cut off his nose to spite his face.


        October 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      • “A beta is default respectful and agreeable even to people he could get away with hurting, while an omega will cut off his nose to spite his face.”

        So true. But some omegas are good at convincing women that they are betas. I married one thinking I would beat the odds and have a successful marriage because I had “realistic” standards and wasn’t interested in a high-earner high-status guy. He came across to most people as an ordinary shlub but happened to have an above-average IQ and was interested in some of the same political issues/values that I was. It turns out he was really an omega who was after a woman who would be his doormat. Thank God it ended before we made the mistake of having kids.


        October 26, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      • Asian men are beta when compared to White men and especially black men. That’s how the West perceives it.


        October 27, 2014 at 10:38 am

      • Most Omegas can’t get women. If they do, the woman are low status such as Asian women.


        October 27, 2014 at 11:15 am

      • Omegas don’t walk over women, do they Maryk?

        I thought an “omega” was a guy betas could look down on. What TLC called a “scrub” or Ben Stiller’s Greenberg. Right?

        Paradoxically most ghetto black guys are alphas and omegas.

        I am the alpha and the omega. The first and the last. Now gimme some sugah!

        First Ypres

        October 28, 2014 at 1:18 am

  3. No. That song sucks and has gay undertones. Why do people like it?

    hippie cult leader

    October 25, 2014 at 10:24 pm

  4. Yes he is alpha in an old timey way.

    Garish wealth, fat, lots of girls.


    October 25, 2014 at 11:05 pm

  5. He has been very outgoing from the start and his family has at least $400 million. He also studied music in America and frequently associated with blacks. He is an alpha.

    toos is god

    October 25, 2014 at 11:17 pm

  6. Yes he is.


    October 25, 2014 at 11:46 pm

  7. In the video the subway car floor looks clean enough to eat from.


    October 26, 2014 at 12:01 am

  8. Defininate beta – married with kids, music production nerd. Gangnam Style is his 15 mins of alpha. Every man gets his, although most don’t ascend to such lofty heights.


    October 26, 2014 at 12:21 am

  9. I thought he was supposed to be making fun of the gangnam neighborhood in Seoul. There is nothing alpha about a stupid and ugly looking, flabby, squeaky voiced Korean. I have no idea why anyone likes his silly motions.


    October 26, 2014 at 1:10 am

  10. He is alpha gay.


    October 26, 2014 at 1:11 am

    • Gay alpha – “galpha”!

      E. Rekshun

      October 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm

  11. I think Lion is trolling us with these alpha and beta posts. He’s making fun of the irony of people who make fun of people who actually think like that…


    October 26, 2014 at 5:08 am

    • I think he used to buy into it but now realizes how stupid it is. I remember that after a mass shooting he earnestly said that it could have prevented if the the shooter had only learned some “game”. I suspect that learning “game” didn’t work out for him personally and he realized what a scam the whole thing is.

      Howie Stern

      October 27, 2014 at 5:00 am

  12. Since this vid has north of 2 billion views, I am apparently the last person on Earth with an Internet connection to watch it.

    My thoughts:
    (1) Utterly alpha. Its not a situation of a clueless performer not knowing how silly he looks while everyone laughs at him. He raps while sitting on the toilet, so he is clearly in on the joke. He disrupts every situation, respecting no boundaries in expressing his style and pursuing the girl.

    (2) Not gay. I got a translation of the words and they are all about getting the girl. He has a huge harem of girls with him at times. The shots with guys seem to be like students of game trying to immitate/learn from the pro. Also, he bucks the gender-blurring asian style of frail, girly, shy men. He is the opposite, a fatty who owns it and invades everyone’s space.


    October 26, 2014 at 7:34 am

    • Since this vid has north of 2 billion views, I am apparently the last person on Earth with an Internet connection to watch it.

      Nope, you were second-last. 2 billion… that’s amazing, actually – it must count multiple hits from the same IP…?

      Samson J.

      October 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm

  13. I don’t think Americans appreciate how influential South Korean culture is around the world, I used to watch South Korean soap opera in Afghanistan in the Police operation center.


    October 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm

  14. I finally watched it..far preferable to Michael Jackson.


    October 26, 2014 at 1:06 pm

  15. Koreans and Asians in general, are lemmings. 95% of people who saw that video live in Korea or China. Remaining 5% watched it to see what the heck was the entitere ruckus about. All girl version performed by K-pop starlets if far better.


    October 26, 2014 at 2:01 pm

  16. who knows…

    grey enlightenment

    October 26, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  17. Hey, it’s David Chang.

    slithy toves

    October 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm

  18. Most-watched music video in the history of mankind.

    So? Soccer is the most watched sport.

    Lion’s question is PROLE .

    The Undiscovered Jew

    October 26, 2014 at 6:03 pm

  19. you can be famous and be pathetically beta. good example, wayne gretzky:

    try not to throw up.


    October 26, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    • Modern game afficionados would have been properly seen as fools by true historical alphas. True historical alphas (the kings, the sultans, the khans of history) were obsessed with building their clan by making the wombs of their women full with the fruit of their loins.

      If the kings, sultans and khans knew that some moderns would consider themselves ‘alpha’ while women who were supposedly in their thrall blocked their wombs with all manner of contraception, these actual alphas would laugh so hard, they would fall out of their thrones.

      Gretzky may sound a little bashful, but that pretty actress would give him five children.


      October 28, 2014 at 9:35 am

  20. Here’s Kate Davis covering Katy Perry:

    Dave Pinsen

    October 26, 2014 at 11:53 pm

  21. Do we define “Alpha” by the end product or by the substance? I think the definition of modern society is that in which the span between the two is incomprehensibly large, resulting in endless fixation further heightening the nebulous nature of the subject under obsessive scrutiny.

    Socially Extinct

    October 27, 2014 at 1:06 am

  22. Alphaness and betaness are relative categories. Within a group of nerds, there will be an alpha, but if you take that alpha out of his nerd milieu and put him into a fraternity full of jocks, then he will instantly slink into betaness.

    Similarly, an Asian who is alpha among Asians will instantly become beta when put into a group of whites.

    You’re probably unaware of another video that Psy made, the one featuring Snoop dog. This video is extremely unpopular, which is why you’e never heard of it, and it’s really lame. I attribute this to the dynamic described above: put Psy next to a black man and he instantly becomes beta and thus his videos become “gaysian”.


    October 27, 2014 at 5:08 am

    • Correct, Asians are beta.

      A professor I’ve just met called East Asians weak in academics in a very polite way not to sound unPC.


      October 27, 2014 at 10:42 am

      • Academics is about having inquisitiveness and a passion for self aggrandizement, not being a boring grind with vocational endeavors, typical of most East Asian students.

        Also, one of the links I provided here, there was a commentator in the article who said Asians have very beta “infantile” interests when compared to Whites. Your average White loves to socialize, get stoned, get laid, and get into all kinds of worldly discussions, where as a typical Asian’s social gathering centers around dining and career/work endeavors.


        October 27, 2014 at 10:47 am

      • Asians are strong in academics but because there are so many of them in colleges the mass of mediocre asians belies the talent of the exceptional ones.


        October 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      • Which essentially means that most Asians at the colleges don’t belong in them!


        October 31, 2014 at 10:16 am

      • Furthermore, Asians are naturally predisposed to shyness more so than Whites, who are more extroverted, social and narcissistic, which means they are less likely to forge significant and/or life changing achievements. This also means Asians are less likely to write books, give speeches and bolster self promotion and take leadership roles.

        People make the assumption that Asians are similar to Jews, yet Jews have been the forefront of many life changing situations. They dominate just about everything you can think of in American life with the exception of sports.


        October 31, 2014 at 10:27 am

  23. Being wealthy doesn’t signify Alpha. Ghetto NAMs are a lot more alpha than your average Asian guy provider.


    October 27, 2014 at 10:40 am

    • I would rather be a beta in suburb than an alpha in a ghetto. But that’s just me.


      October 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm

  24. Here’s another alpha from across the Pacific. (“But, but he was married…!”)

    Ho had ten children: six with his wife and four more from two subsequent relationships…Ho lived at his Diamond Head residence, raising his young family with their mothers.

    Don Ho enjoyed asking for a show of hands of veterans of World War II. He would ask for all the Pearl Harbor survivors to stand. He would tell the men from the European Theater, “you got your glory in the movies” and they could watch. The veterans of the Pacific Theater were invited on stage to join the hula dancers.


    October 27, 2014 at 11:19 am

    • That article does say Don Ho had some Portuguese blood. (For some reason Hawaii has quite a sizable number of people with Portuguese blood.)

      toos is god

      October 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      • Exactly. And Bruce Lee seems to be a holy grail to many Asians, not taking account of his European ancestry, which probably made him rebellious of the Chinese Kung Fu groups who also didn’t want to train him in the 1st place because of his mixed ancestry.


        November 1, 2014 at 11:09 am

  25. The more relevant question: is Psy is more Alpha than Taylor Swift?

    2 Minute Alpha

    October 27, 2014 at 7:21 pm

  26. Stumbling upon the different blogs and commentaries, Americans have one thing correct about East Asians that Europeans have glossed over. Despite my critique of America being a prole land and culturally inferior to Europe, Americans have been spot on about East Asians being beta, their lack of imagination and sociability that Europeans have given a free pass. They seem to admire East Asia more so than Americans without doing their homework.


    November 3, 2014 at 10:27 pm

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