Monday, February 01, 2010

Ask a Korean! News: Iowa Hawkeyes are Huge in Korea

Heads have exploded in the headquarters of the excellent college football blog, Everyday Should be Saturday. The blog discovered that the new Girl's Generation (a k-pop group, if you didn't know) music video prominently features the girls kissing the Iowa Hawkeyes helmet.




From EDSBS:
What do South Korea and Iowa have in common? Plenty. Both are rivals with a dictatorship led by an aging charismatic leader and his son. Both are blazing hot in the summer and ball destroyingly cold in the winter. Both have a fondness for beer and chain restaurants, and both South Korea and Iowa love freedom and democracy. Iowa exercises their love primarily by its unique role in the American primary system, and South Korea does so by periodically erupting in the fiercest rioting on the planet ...
And no, the Korean is not posting the video here. He had to wear goggles while watching the video just to make sure he did not claw his eyes out.

Many thanks to Benjamin P. for the tip.

Got a question or a comment for the Korean? Email away at askakorean@gmail.com.

9 comments:

  1. Speaking of Hawkeye, don't forget Radar, who was from Iowa. Ottumwa, to be exact.

    Iowa is home to some of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

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  2. "He had to wear goggles while watching the video just to make sure he did not claw his eyes out."

    LOL!

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  3. I didn't even know they knew what American football was in Korea...

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  4. So how about some "AAK! Music" on this, what are they saying about the Hawkeyes?

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  5. williamjones wrote:
    I didn't even know they knew what American football was in Korea...

    Two words: Hines Ward.

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  6. William Jones:

    There's more American Football in Korea than one might think.

    http://asktheexpat.blogspot.com/2010/01/collegiate-and-professional-american.html

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  7. Wondering if the Hawkeyes were chosen merely because their uniform is nearly a clone of the Steelers... Or am I reading too much into it ;)

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  8. Even curiouser is why these girls just didn't use the Steelers helmet in the first place.

    And the "football" scene in the video is an embarrassment to football everywhere.

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  9. Oh Korean, your embarrassment is just like how I feel when my friends see an Indian music video, though I'm doubly embarrassed since I'm not actually of Indian descent.

    To an impartial observer, the SNSD video is bizarre and nonsensical, but it is to Korean culture what the drivel of Western culture is to outsiders: amusing, interesting and filled with good-looking people. It's the reason I can bring myself to watch 아침뉴스타임 on KBS, but I would never watch morning TV here in Canada.

    Don't be so embarrassed.

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