Watch Me Entertain Myself!

Sacha Guitry once said, "You can pretend to be serious, but you can't pretend to be witty." Oh yes, I'm the great pretender.
(pilot episode: 20 January 2004)

Monday, March 05, 2012

I. Am. Sorry. Sorry.

The video spoof is sheer genius, I must say. I first saw it months ago, thanks to my younger brother who alerted me to a similar spoof: Get a K-Pop music video, put Filipino “sounds like” translations as subtitles, post on YouTube, and let it rip. Today I don’t remember the spoof video my brother recommended to me. But I remember the spoof of Super Junior’s “Sorry Sorry,” and if you watch it, you may understand why.

Is it the silliness of the “Tense? Pants? Hands? Mens?” opening salvo? Is it the creative use of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and other jokey video inserts? Or the straightforwardness of the question, “Di ka ba sanay sa ten inches?” Is it the sight of an overweight child shoveling food in his mouth as the fake translation reads, “Di na bale malusog baby”? Is it the silliness of Larry Bird’s cameo? Whatever it is, the sheer wit of the translation is exhilarating. To be able to choose the right sound-alike Filipino words that, when strung together, are hilarious and yet make some sort of silly sense—now that’s sheer genius. And while all that’s happening, the androgynous looks of the boy band plus their effete choreography adds a layer of WTF?! irony to the whole thing.

And they even throw in a “Kill mo Melai” for good measure.

Whatever. I think this should have been nominated Video of the Year for 2011.

Tantantantarantantaran done!

1 comment:

citybuoy said...

Shet naloka ako dun sa may nagtatagong pepe sa kwarto! haha aning!

I doubt if I'll ever hear this song the same way again.