A Random Guy Attends the Cannes Film Festival Pretending to be PSY
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There are probably five people alive who don't know who PSY is, and they all live on a space station. But if you're one of the uninitiated, he's the chubby Korean pop star responsible for "Gangnam Style," the song that was stuck in your head through all of 2012. So guests at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival were understandably stoked when the face of the biggest Internet meme in history turned up to the party. The only problem was that PSY was in Singapore the entire time. The guy who showed up in France for the film festival was actually Korean business consultant Denis Carre.
After the picture, he consulted her business.
To make things more embarrassing for the celebrities he bumped shoulders with, Carre is neither a cunning master of disguise nor an eerie lookalike. He didn't even try -- the extent of his preparation for the role was being a chubby Asian and wearing eccentric sunglasses. In an uncomfortably racist turn of events, Fake PSY was never questioned as the guy that most of the world had seen dancing in a stable about 20 times each.
Not only did he get into Cannes and many of its exclusive parties, but celebrities like Adrien Brody took pictures with him and posted about how awesome it was to meet the "real" PSY in person.
He was even allowed into the secret celebrity orphan-punching room, where he scored a perfect 129.
Eventually, a video of Carre obviously lip synching his most famous song got back to the actual PSY in Singapore, who tweeted that the PSY in France wasn't him, and the festival's organizers didn't have much to say beyond "We got duped."
So that put an end to the charade, right? Hell no! It was only a few days later when Carre showed up at the Monaco Grand Prix and pulled the same exact stunt again. The only person who saw through his disguise, randomly enough, was David Hasselhoff, evidently the only white person who can tell Koreans apart.
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Never, ever question David Hasselhoff's anti-racism powers.
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