South Korean rapper PSY talking about killing American soldiers doesn’t sound much like his style – his style is Gangnam!
But according to the New York Post, PSY – who now has the most-watched YouTube video of all time – wasn’t a supporter of 37,000 US troops on Korean soil back in 2002, being that their presence in the country led to the accidental death of two Korean girls. That unfortunate tragedy prompted the charismatic rapper to wear gold face paint and smash a toy “American tank” in protest.
And in 2004, after a South Korean missionary was executed in Iraq, PSY took it upon himself to verbalize his protest with an anti-American song, alongside another popular Korean act.
“Kill those [bleep]ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives / Kill those [bleep]ing Yankees who ordered them to torture/ Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers / Kill them all slowly and painfully.”
After receiving much backlash once news of his anti-American lyrics came out, Psy issued an apology:
As a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life, I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world. The song in question — from eight years ago — was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two innocent Korean civilians that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time.
While I’m grateful for the freedom to express one’s self I’ve learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words. I have been honored to perform in front of American soldiers in recent months — including an appearance on the Jay Leno show specifically for them — and I hope they and all Americans can accept my apology.
While it’s important we express our opinions, I deeply regret the inflammatory and inappropriate language I used to do so. In my music I try to give people a release, a reason to smile. I have learned that though music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology.
SOURCE: New York Post