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Aug 15 2013

Your four minutes of zen

I know how to convert creationists back to reason: I’ll just show them this video. It’s Harun Yahya and his harem of dolled-up acolytes letting loose by “dancing” Gangnam style. Well, they don’t actually get out of their chairs. And they all look very uncomfortable with it.

I’m no dancer myself, but that was a remarkably joyless spectacle.

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  1. 1
    moarscienceplz

    I think this is actually close to what many folks think they will be doing in heaven for eternity. And if that thought doesn’t drive you screaming in terror to atheism, I don’t know what would.

  2. 2
    mareap

    Ah, uh, hmm , wug?

  3. 3
    Kevin

    Are they his “acolytes” or paid models/actresses? I have no evidence for either claim, but suspect the latter.

    I know several actors and “a gig is a gig is a gig”…but some gigs are just ridiculous.

  4. 4
    New England Bob

    Those women must buy their makeup by the 40 gallon barrel.

  5. 5
    carlie

    Was this supposed to be one of those “exercises you can do in your office” videos?

  6. 6
    kosk11348

    Dancing below the waist is of the devil.

  7. 7
    redwood

    and this is apropos of what, exactly? To show that he’s hip? Without showing any hips? Just bizarre camera work to show his unsmiling profile 80% of the time and then flip to the women once in a while, who at least smiled a little, though maybe they weren’t allowed to show too much enjoyment.

  8. 8
    Rich Woods

    After that stilted soporific stunt, I think I might now have developed some small degree of appreciation for Psy’s original.

  9. 9
    ChasCPeterson

    He may be a lover but he ain’t no dancer.

    Helter skelter.

  10. 10
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Gadzooks! but that was cringe-worthy. Fortunately, there’s an antidote. (Or even this.)

  11. 11
    richardhart

    With rhythm like that they should be Catholic…

  12. 12
    b. - Order of Lagomorpha

    What. the. hell? A bunch of mostly expression-less people with no fashion sense, no joy and absolutely no rhythm…no words. I did enjoy the, “What do I do with my hands??!? Oh! I found a movement! I’ll just stick with that, then, even though it’s both nonsensical and totally not in rhythm with the music” action, though.

  13. 13
    steve oberski

    Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.

    Ayatollah Khomeini

  14. 14
    WharGarbl

    @Daz
    #10

    Gadzooks! but that was cringe-worthy. Fortunately, there’s an antidote. (Or even this.)

    Or the original?

  15. 15
    Louis

    THAT was a fucking abomination. What a dead eyed abortion of a cross between hand-jiving fuckwits and Stockholm Syndrome suffering sycophants.

    Louis

  16. 16
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    WharGarbl

    Or the original?

    I’ve managed, somehow, to remain blissfully ignorant of the original…

  17. 17
    ChasCPeterson

    The women are apparently closer to acolytes than to boothbabes, according to the information linked below. Each is apparently a social-media star in her own right in Turkey, and what they’re selling is a weird hyperwesternized “sexed-up Disney version of Islam” that’s modern except for evolution, which is Teh Worst Evil. Second link is in Turkish (Google Translate: not so good at Turkish), third link has a photo gallery and everybody’s twitter ID!
    link 1
    link 2
    link 3

  18. 18
    Lynna, OM

    Needs editing to remove all the humans and plastic humans.

  19. 19
    Kevin

    @Chas… Acolytes then … even more disturbing.

    Though I wonder — is this what Turkish people think western/American women look like? They must be getting this particular style idea from somewhere.

    Old “Charlie’s Angels” reruns, maybe? Or Elvis movies? Viva Las Vegas!

  20. 20
    David Marjanović

    After that stilted soporific stunt, I think I might now have developed some small degree of appreciation for Psy’s original.

    The original is a satire on the young rich people who demonstratively spend ridiculous amounts of money in Gangnam, the hip and expensive part of Seoul.

    Anyway, I offer this and this (follow the link to the lyrics; lots of explanation there).

    [...]

    Ayatollah Khomeini

    Wow, thanks for this quote.

  21. 21
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    A watched remote never transmits….

  22. 22
    LykeX

    Don’t these people even know how to pretend to have fun?

    There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious

    There’s a proverb in my country – roughly translated:
    He who takes a jest only as jest and the serious only seriously has misunderstood both.

  23. 23
    Rey Fox

    Your country sounds way more enlightened than mine, LykeX.

  24. 24
    Ichthyic

    So that’s what Gangham style will look like after the zombie apocalypse.

    Good to know.

  25. 25
    Ichthyic

    Thanks for the link, Daz. I had never seen Stormy Weather… cued up now.

    Can anyone even DO those kind of real dance scenes any more? I’ve never seen anything like it.

  26. 26
    Ichthyic

    He may be a lover but he ain’t no dancer.

    Helter skelter.

    perfect.

  27. 27
    Rip Steakface

    As a percussionist, this made me want to tear open a dimensional portal to Turkey and perform an improvised solo on whatever I can (drumset, snare/bass drum, timpani, mallet instruments, whatever), just to give them a brief lesson in rhythmic accuracy.

    It’d probably be easier just to show them a video of a DCI show, but that’s not as fun. There’s being rhythmically challenged, and then there’s pointlessly waving your hands around.

  28. 28
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Ichthyic

    Can anyone even DO those kind of real dance scenes any more?

    I have no idea. I’d love to see it live, though, if anyone does.

    I’ve never seen Stormy Weather either. I caught a short clip of the Nicholas Brothers a couple of years back, on a documentary, and went looking for clips of them. That one’s almost mind-blowing, isn’t it.

  29. 29
    otrame

    I’m pretty out of it. I only knew about the original because Bill O said it was a guy just spouting a bunch of nonsense words and why was it getting so many hits on Youtube and signs of the end times or something. Apparently no one told him it was in Korean. Bill O apparently doesn’t hold with people speaking non-American even if they aren’t American.

    But the video in the OP, did anyone think that was cool or interesting or…. anything positive?

    I mean, my only thought was

    ewwwwwwwwwwww!

  30. 30
    AJ Milne

    Apparently no one told him it was in Korean. Bill O apparently doesn’t hold with people speaking non-American even if they aren’t American…

    I assumed you were perhaps exaggerating for comic effect, and I thought, hey, that’s got a certain deft quality, that has. I like.

    Then I checked.

    Why did I have to check? Why?

    It’s not your bad. Not at all. It’s just that satire, yet again, has been rendered redundant.

  31. 31
    gardengnome

    A particularly inept performance on the air-drums.

  32. 32
    robro

    That pick-a-name guy is one weird cracker. And the women…who knew you could make humans look so awful. Makeup as burka…it’s a concept waiting to take off. (Someone sometime back there when PZ did another post about these folks said the style is common among hip Eastern Europeans. I’ll have to ask my Russian co-worker.)

    Thanks, Daz for the link to the Nickolas Brothers…love that stuff. Good antidote. That’s Cab Calloway at the beginning, right? Another fav of the era.

    Of course there are people who can still dance like that, but Hollywood doesn’t think it can make $$$$ out of it so you don’t get to see it. The dancers who get paid work in front of the camera have to gyre and gimble in the latest style. These old moves just aren’t sexy enough for the producers.

  33. 33
    ugfabian .

    This was hilariously awful. I’m still laughing. I would hate to be the person he was staring directly at during that whole song.

  34. 34
    kenbakermn

    What the fuck? Seriously, what the actual fuck? Good grief, that was terrifying.

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