Gangnam Style RMCC Style
In an effort to keep up with their American counterparts, officer cadets at the Royal Canadian College of Canada (RMCC) joined in and created a parody of Pys’ Gangnam Style video.
As Officer Cadet Kai Zhao, director RMC’s video, explained in a post on the the RMC Club’s website, “whether it is the catchy beat, or the silly dance moves, Gangnam Style by South Korean pop singer Psy has swept the world.”
Since the pop singer’s video was uploaded in July on YouTube it has received over 680 million hits.
And as Officer Cadet Zhao explained, whether it’s the beat or the dance moves, the United States Naval Academy (USNA) was one of the first military institutions to create and post their take of Pys’ mega hit on YouTube. Since mid-September the USNA video has received over six million views.
When the cadets from the RMC viewed the video they wanted to produce their own. But, as Zhao explained, to the best of the cadet’s knowledge, no one had ever attempted to produce a parody video at the college and they felt there might be a lot of red tape regarding them dancing in their uniforms.
But then came the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) version on October 2, with the message “watch closely, navy this is how it’s done.” However, to date the USAFA’s video has only received 120,000 views. The next day the cadets from the United States Military Academy at Westpoint (USMA) posted their video incorporating many traits from Pys’ video, which might be why it has received over a million views. And they too goaded the navy.
After watching the USAFA video, Officer Cadet Zhao wanted the college to produce their own version.
“Right after Reunion weekend on October 2, USAFA posted their parody on YouTube. It was then that I decided there was no way that RMC was going to lag behind and we had to produce our own video,” explained Zhao.
Once the decision was made the RMC cadets worked in a strict time line to ensure the video was filmed and uploaded before the “hype faded away.” But they needed approval to proceed, which came from Lt. Col Patrick Lemyre, RMCC director of cadets.
“They presented the idea to me two weeks before they did it,” explained the Lt. Col. He reviewed the idea with fellow officers, who agreed it showed “pride in the military”.
Working under the tight deadline the cadets planned, coordinated and filmed the video in one week.
However, when it came time to film the video, not all of the cadets’ plans fell into place, but they were able to include a few spontaneous scenes. Including the Paladin’s solo on Point Fredrick.
Officer Cadet Zhao noted they were shooting the pier scene when he noticed the point and wanted to incorporate it into the video because of the historical significance. The small peninsula on the St. Lawrence in Kingston was the main naval station for Upper Canada during the War of 1812.
The crew unintentionally crashed Officer Cadet Richard Harding’s wedding. The newlyweds spotted the Paladin and wanted a keepsake of them with the college mascot. Plus the video includes Canadian geese, the Memorial Arch and the mascots from the different squadrons at the college. Zhao notes, there are more unplanned moments caught on film, but leaves the viewers to figure them out.
While some members of the military community question the decision to create the video, Lt. Col Lemyre explains, “it shows good Esprit de Corps”.
And Esprit de Corps it shows, since RMC posted their video on October 17 it has had over 90,000 views with hundreds of positive comments. Plus, the former Chief of Defence Staff General Walter Natynczyk requested a copy of RMC's video.
As for the Memorial Arch at the end Lt. Col Lemyre assures people, “they didn’t go under it.”
***Note the Memorial Arch is one of the most important architectural features at RMC. New cadets march under the arch when they arrive at RMC and once they have graduated they again march under the arch. According to the RMC Club website the Memorial Arch also includes the names of the “ex-cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada who gave their lives for the empire."
For more information visit the RMC Clubs website.