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Noam Chomsky featured in MIT’s ‘Gangnam Style’ parody

MIT students (above) and Noam Chomsky (below) in the video parody.

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An MIT “Gangnam Style” parody video that’s gone viral this week features one of the best known academics at the university: linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky. The “father of modern linguistics’’ is in the video for about 7 seconds. It features Chomsky, 83, sitting in his office, sipping what appears to be a cup of tea, and then saying, deadpan, “Oppan Chomsky style.” The video is a parody of the hit by Psy, a K-pop star, who briefly attended Berklee College of Music and Boston University before recording “Gangnam Style,” which has become an international hit. Chomsky told a Globe reporter in an e-mail: “I was happy to spend a few minutes with kids having some fun.” MIT senior
Eddie Ha, the director of the video, said Chomsky immediately agreed to participate. “[Chomsky] said that his grandchildren would love this,” Ha said. Also featured in the parody is
Eric Lander, professor of biology and one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project. In one scene, Lander dances around Ha, and the two then jump up onto a desk. “He actually heard of the song before and he was really excited to do it,” Ha said, adding that Lander choreographed the moves on his own.

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