Gangnam Cigarettes: And You Thought ‘Gangnam Style’ Was Hot?
South Korean rap sensation PSY’s Gangnam Style burned up the charts, was the hottest thing on the planet, was on fire!
In line with that metaphorical mop-up, or more likely because they figure the name has got traction, a group of Korean-Canadians are launching Gangnam Cigarettes in Ontario next month.
From the Korea Times:
We had initially planned to name one of our new products “daebak,” a Korean word for jackpot. But in order to capitalize on the global popularity of Gangnam Style we decided to name the cigarette after the song,” CT&G CEO Kang Chul-joong told Yonhap News. “We really hope our Gangnam cigarettes will be as successful as Psy’s song and let more foreigners know about Korea.’
And get cancer.
There is also an interesting side story about the group, a collection of thirty-eight Korean convenience store owners, launching a tobacco company because of what they claim is unfair pricing, marginalization of small business and difficulties importing Korean brand cigarettes in to Canada due to protectionist policies.
Must feel just like home over there.
Another thing: Can’t the Korea Times just say PSY is a “35-year-old rapper” and not “a 35-year-old chubby rapper?” Geez.
This was cross-posted on The Marmot’s Hole