The South Korean performer reportedly took part in several anti-American protests, rapping, ‘Kill those f***ing Yankees.’
Americans have made a special place in their hearts for quirky South Korean rapper PSY, but apparently the warm-and-fuzzies aren’t mutual. The “Gangnam Style” singer has an intense anti-American past, according to a recent report from HAPS magazine, vocally condemning the United States and all who dwell within its borders.
Here’s some context: In 2004, a Korean missionary was captured by Islamists in Iraq. The captors demanded South Korea not send additional troops to help America during the war in Iraq. When Seoul did not comply, the missionary was killed, and several Korean artists came together for an anti-American protest.
PSY was one of several high-profile protesters, but for obvious reasons — like that he currently has the most-viewed video in YouTube history — his involvement has resurfaced and is drawing the most ire.
PSY’s Anti-American Rap Translated:
“Kill those f****** Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f****** Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully”
But that’s not the first time PSY found himself publicly condemning the United States…
An American military vehicle was responsible for the death of two 13-year-old Korean school girls on June 13, 2002. A U.S. court martial deemed the incident accidental, thus acquitting the two sergeants responsible for the vehicle. The Korean public pressed for the sergeants to be re-tried in a Korean report, but their demands were denied.
During a subsequent protest, a gold-faced PSY threw a miniature American tank to the ground and smashed it with his microphone stand. Video of PSY was posted to YouTube, but the footage was removed at the behest of CJ E&M.
UPDATE: Psy has issued an apology for wishing death on all of us.
“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,” Psy tells MTV News. “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,” the statement read. “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,” he adds. “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.”
Do YOU accept his apology, HollywoodLifers?
— Andy Swift
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