Baby Shark song: Toddler viral sensation makes waves for the wrong reasons in South Korea

By On September 05, 2018

Baby Shark song: Toddler viral sensation makes waves for the wrong reasons in South Korea

“Baby Shark” may have floated into Britain’s Top 40, but the children's song is at the centre of rows over sexism, political in-fighting and allegations of breach of copyright in South Korea.

Created by SmartStudy, a South Korean video and education company that controls the Pinkfong brand, the video has been watched by well over 1.65 billion viewers on YouTube, putting “Baby Shark” in the same league as the nation’s other notable musical export, Psy’s 2012 global hit “Gangnam Style”.

But “Baby Shark” has been the target of criticism at home since the latest version of what is claimed to be a traditional folk song for children was released.

In January, a local newspaper condemned the lyrics in the Korean-language version of the song.

While the English lyrics merely list the members of the shark family, The Kore a Herald reported, the Korean version describes Mummy Shark as “pretty”, Daddy Shark is “strong”, Grandma Shark is “kind” and Grandpa Shark is “cool”.

Source: Google News South Korea | Netizen 24 South Korea

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