Psy Is Apologizing for a Brutal Anti-American Song He Performed Eight Years Ago
PSY, the Korean singer that subjected us all to "Gangnam Style", and if that isn't enough of a reason to DESPISE HIM, there's now some new ammunition. Eight years ago, in 2004, Psy performed a brutal anti-American song called "Dear Americans", which featured the lyric: "Kill those [effing] Yankees." (And it isn't that he's a diehard Boston Red Sox fan.) He was protesting the U.S.'s involvement in Iraq, and the deaths of two Korean schoolgirls, who were accidentally hit and killed by a U.S. military vehicle.
"Dear Americans" is not a goofy pop song like "Gangnam Style", it's some sort of metal-rap song. The lyrics include the lines: "Kill those [effing] Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives. Kill those [effing] Yankees who ordered them to torture . . . kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers . . . kill them all slowly and painfully."
Well, now that the U.S. has helped Psy become massively famous and rich, he's softened his position on America, and he wants us to know he's SUPER SORRY.
In a statement, Psy says, "As a proud South Korean who was educated in the U.S. 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 was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two Korean schoolgirls that was part of the overall anti-war 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 by those words."
(You can read his full statement on Mediaite.com.)
Psy participated in several of these protest concerts. During a show in 2002, he smashed a model of a U.S. tank on stage. (That's a long way from doing his silly "Gangnam Style" dance in a horse stable.)
It's worth noting: While Psy performed "Dear Americans", he didn't write it. It's actually by another Korean band called N.EX.T.
(Here's a partial, low quality video of one of Psy's performances. TMZ has another, slightly better video. Note: The lyrics are not in English.)