It’s not every day that your favourite K-pop group gets mentioned by the former President of the United States.
Barack Obama, who is in Seoul for the 8th Asian Leadership Conference, delivered a keynote speech earlier today, in which he drew references to Korean boy band SHINee.
Korean news outlet Chosun quoted him to be saying, “We are making famous movies in Korea, and young Americans learn Korean to find out about SHINee. Likewise, I know that SHINee likes In-N-Out Burger.”
기범: LA하면 생각나는 게 뭐가 있을까요?
종현: LA는 역시…… LA정식! ㅎㅅㅎ
기범: 햄버거를 그렇게 좋아한다고 'ㅂ'
온유: 아이, 그럼요! 나갔다 들어오는 버거집! ^∇^ pic.twitter.com/6b9RVxGFvu
— 리나 (@JHJH_Lena) July 27, 2016
One of the “famous movies” he mentioned is, of course, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was filmed in Seoul, while In-N-Out Burger is a fast-food chain in America.
The reference is possibly due to the fact that the keynote was delivered in the South Korean city, but the effect of Hallyu wave is undeniable. While some critics are quick to say the wave is dying, some K-pop acts, such as BTS and EXO, continue to sell out shows in US cities. More recently, BTS even bagged a Billboard Music Award – a first for a Korean act.
— billboard (@billboard) May 21, 2017
But if there’s anything we learn from Obama’s keynote speech, it’s that he knows SHINee exists. Does this mean he could be dancing to “Ring Ding Dong” and “Sherlock” secretly in his room?
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