On April 25, international star PSY held a press conference before making final preparations to fly to New York in order to commence U.S. activities.
At the press conference, PSY began his apology by stating, “It appears as though the music video for ‘Gentleman‘ spurred a lot of debate. I think a lot of it is due to the fact that many people had high expectations for me and this single. I’ve also noticed that I recently gained a lot of younger fans and in my opinion, I also agree that the content from this music video is inappropriate for younger audiences. So to my younger fans, I promise to return with better material that is age-appropriate next time.”
Ever since its release, the music video for “Gentleman” has been the target of criticism from fans both at home and abroad, regarding content that appears to be promoting comical degradation and objectification of women. The response from the public has been divided on whether PSY had employed the music video for “Gentleman” as a medium for providing another satirical form of social commentary on the current state of media portrayal of women or if he had simply taken the liberty to include daring, humorous content knowing full well that, although it would be heavily frowned upon in Korea, it might receive wider reception among fans and media from less conservative countries abroad.
In related news, PSY will be continuing his promotions with “Gentleman” abroad, starting with the U.S. and hopefully spread a second global phenomenon.