The internet is a flurry with the latest breaking news on international sensation, Psy. Apparently the rapper was very vocal about his Anti-American feelings back in the day, and they’re coming back to bite him. Let’s break it down:
In 2002 Psy took part in an concert to protest the presence of US troops in Korea when 2 13 year old Korean girls were killed by US military vehicles. During the concert he took a model tank, and broke it on stage in protest. then in 2004 he took part in ANOTHER Anti-American protest when a SOuth Korean priest was killed in Iraq because Korea was a U.S ally. At a protest concert his performed a song, “Dear America” where his is quoted as rapping these lyrics:
“Kill those f***ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f***ing Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully”
Psy released this apology not to long ago, which pretty much confirms that this took place:
“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 Korean schoolgirls 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.”
Also, it seems his Presidential Christmas performance is up in the air for the time being.
I personally am conflicted about this whole controversy. I am sure Psy never imagined in his wildest dreams he would be this huge international sensation, and such a hit in the US, because if he did he would never have let those words come out of his mouth. However,that doesn’t justify calling for the death of a whole group of people for the actions of a small group. Tell me what your thinking about this latest breaking news in the comments below.
Stay tuned to Asia 24/7 to find out more about Psy, and if this will cut his “Gangnam Style” promotions shorts.