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Koreans rapt in 'Rhapsody': Parodying Queen now in vogue

Since the notable success of the biographical film "Bohemian Rhapsody," a flood of content about legendary British band Queen has swept Korea.

Some inventive parodies have popped up on the internet and grabbed plenty of attention. For instance, Hankook Ilbo came up with a "Queen Medley Challenge" on Monday, where those working for the media outlet use "unprofessional" but "adorable" instruments to perform some of the band's flagship numbers.

Several well-known TV personalities, such as Yoo Se-yoon and Jun Hyun-moo, also imitated Queen's lead vocalist Freddie Mercury. In particular, Yoo's laughter-evoking parody disclosed on YouTube has achieved over 1.2 million hits.

The legendary band is not only dominating the online world, but also the small screen.

Broadcasters quickly took advantage of the movie's popularity by airing documentaries about the band and Mercury. MBC replayed "Live Aid" at 11:55 p.m. on Dec. 2 that features the band's charity concert gig at London's Wembley Stadium, which was held simultaneously with a concert in Philadelphia in 1985. Despite its late airing, the documentary recorded viewership of 4.1 percent.

KBS 1TV's "Global Documentary" aired a documentary titled "Freddie Mercury: THE King of QUEEN" on Sunday. It is from Britain's Channel 4 and shows the band on tour. The rating was 3.3 percent, which is nearly triple the viewership of the previous episode.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" has sold over 7 million tickets in Korea since its opening in late October.

Explaining its popularity, culture critic Ha Jae-keun said on Dailian that there has been a rise in the number of Koreans who love musical films.

"In addition, more young people these days can sympathize with the sentiments of 'social misfits,'" Ha said.

YG really should have promoted Lee Hi's cover more. I mean, the studio put out the cover to help promote the film in Korea, and then the movie blew up big. YG send out, like 2 tweets about it?.

source: The Korea Times
catnipss88 12th-Dec-2018 05:18 am (UTC)
this korean baby twin Instagram got some queen song on some of their videos, their mom seems obsessed with BR
ashdevilrun23 12th-Dec-2018 06:23 am (UTC)
yg promoteing lee hi?? unrealistic
violoncelliste 12th-Dec-2018 06:28 am (UTC)
I'm so happy with BR's success aaaaah I loved the movie, I've seen it twice thought I would have watched it four times if I had the time.

Also, people here (in Korea) really loved it, I talked about it so much some of my friends decided to see it too and they all liked it even though most of them don't really know Queen (as in the members/history of the band).

The most hilarious thing about watching this movie in a room full of people who know nothing about Freddie is their reactions to Freddie not being straight. They audibly gasp every time he kisses a man and it made me laugh both times I in was in the cinema.
nekokonneko 12th-Dec-2018 11:32 am (UTC)
lmao who on earth has internet access but doesn't know freddie mercury was into men??? i can't even wrap my mind around that
babyjenkski 12th-Dec-2018 06:46 am (UTC)
Not just because it's a hit movie, I hope people learn from his story and appreciate his music more =)

Also, please watch Jinho's cover!

timetobegin 12th-Dec-2018 07:10 am (UTC)
Well deserved attention. Amazing music and Freddie was a once in a lifetime icon that we didn't deserve and that is missed dearly!
lydzi 12th-Dec-2018 08:18 am (UTC)

(that movie ;___; it owns me)
dropit87 13th-Dec-2018 01:31 am (UTC)
I want to see this once it's at Redbox. Freddie was great and I'm glad he shared his talents
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