Baby Shark song: Toddler viral sensation makes waves for the wrong reasons in South Korea
âBaby Sharkâ may have floated into Britainâs 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 âBaby Sharkâ in the same league as the nationâs other notable musical export, Psyâs 2012 global hit âGangnam Styleâ.
But âBaby Sharkâ 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 âprettyâ, Daddy Shark is âstrongâ, Grandma Shark is âkindâ and Grandpa Shark is âcoolâ.Source: Google News South Korea | Netizen 24 South Korea