'Gangnam Style'-inspired video mocks LIPA
Piling on the Islandwide criticism of LIPA, a music video dubbed "LIPA Style," parodying Psy's megahit "Gangnam Style," pokes fun at the company's handling of superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. In less than a week, it has garnered more than 200,000 views on YouTube.
The video, created by WBLI/106.1 FM correspondent John "Online" Mingione, was filmed in Babylon and East Setauket. In the clip, Mingione dances about with two other station employees in LIPA uniforms complaining about the lack of heat, electricity and gas to the tune's infectious beat.
"We were channeling the anger of Long Island and trying to make people laugh about the situation," said Mingione, 23, of East Setauket. "People have told us it's the first time they've smiled in weeks."
The song, which is the most requested at WBLI, is not mean-spirited but rather a comedic farce. "I was never really trying to take a shot at LIPA," Mingione said. "I know they're working very hard but people are still without power."