K-pop star Psy is being criticized online after he announced the revival of his summer “water show” amid a drought in South Korea.
The “That That” singer, whose full name is Park Jae-sang, ignited backlash after taking to Instagram on Friday to announce his upcoming “Summer Swag” concert series, which has been on hiatus since 2019.
During an appearance on MBC’s talk show “Radio Star” last month, the “Gangnam Style” singer revealed that 300 tons of potable water delivered by water trucks are used during the concert.
“We spend a lot to buy all that water. Each concert requires about 300 tons. We use the performance venue’s water supplies as well as sprinkler trucks,” Psy said in a clip from the show that has been widely circulating online.
This year’s concert series is being advertised with catchphrases such as “So much water that it will make you wonder if we scooped up the Han River.”
Psy first introduced his “water show” in 2011. Audience members are drenched in water as they dance, jump and sing along with the 44-year-old artist, who postponed his event three years ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some Twitter users have called him out for his excessive use of water, especially while South Korea is in a drought. Pictures posted by Yonhap News Agency in late May and early June show a reservoir in Chuncheon and a stream in Sejong, South Korea, completely dried up.
“Stop wasting water, some of the countries doesn’t [sic] have enough of water supply,” one user wrote.
“Stop wasting 300 tons of water each time you use it for your show,” another user tweeted. “It’s not a cool thing to amuse your audience anymore.”
Psy’s Summer Swag 2022 is scheduled to take place on Aug. 4 and 5 at the Jamsil Auxiliary Stadium in Seoul.