Pizza is Korean?
Oh my gosh! Koreans like to claim that they invented everything with very little evidence. Soccer? It’s Korean! Chinese Characters? They’re Korean! Hell, didn’t you know? Koreans were the first people on the Earth and jumpstarted civilization everywhere else in the world. Ancient Egypt? Korean! India? Korean! Great Britain? Korean!!!
The fact that there are people that actually believe things like this makes me SOOOOOOO Angry! But it’s because of crazy documentaries like these that air on Korean TV that it warps people’s minds. Koreans are so gullible!
The very idea is preposterous because Korean pizza is so terrible, remember when I wrote about that?
Here, watch this video that claims Korea invented Pizza and Italy stole it.
My impressions and point to point refutation of the video after the break.
Okay, if you have not figured it out now from a huge departure from my normal style of writing or the ridiculousness of the video itself (and the Mr. Pizza seal at the end). The video is a joke, and it’s gone viral in Korea because it is hilarious!
Why is it hilarious? Because this style of documentary where very limited or trivial evidence is used to prove that something is Korean is actually somewhat popular in Korea. While the world’s historians can’t really come out and say it for lack of a smoking gun, I’ve seen a Korean documentaries that assert that Yamato Japan was made by Baekchae, and that most (if not all) Japanese can trace their roots to the Korean peninsula.
(This might actually be true, many Korean and Japanese historians have hypothesized this due to cultural and linguistic similarities, but there is as of yet no absolutely concrete evidence that indicates that this indeed did happen. What we can surmise from existing evidence is that the ruling elite of Japan were very close to the ruling elite on the Korean peninsula, and the Yayoi people of ancient Japan had many similarities with ancient Koreans, and are more similar to Koreans ethnically than they are with Ainu people who are believed to be the last of the Jomon civilization. The Jomon originally had all of Japan to themselves until they were replaced by the more technologically advanced Yayoi, who killed, or interbred with them in so great number that today, the Ainu can only be found in Hokkaido.)
Anyway back to pizza, it is really awesome that Mr. Pizza decided to market their product in a humorous way, and it’s good to see that Koreans can mock their own culture. It’s clear proof that Korea is modern and sophisticated, when people can mock themselves. Far too many expats are under the impression that Koreans can’t be critical of themselves, but this is obviously not the case.
The makers of the video, gumshoe pictures has a channel on youtube with several other segments that didn’t make the final cut. Those are worth a watch too.
(Edit: Nov 1 I read an article that analyzes what I suspected, it is mostly English speakers that thought this ad was funny, with many Koreans feeling concerned that Italians might take it seriously or that it airs Korea’s dirty laundry, and Japanese nationalists taking the ad seriously.)