Psy Anti-American Lyrics Prompt Apology From Gangnam Style Rockstar
As the South Korean rockstar Psy, rocketed to fame after his Gangham Style song and video took the world by storm, he has faced some major road bumps. Psy has been shown in YouTube videos & recordings singing Anti-American lyrics that many called an American "troop killing song."
The anger over Psy's Anti-American lyrics he sang grew so big that an online petition was started on WhiteHouse.gov asking that Psy be pulled from the Christmas in Washington concert with Diana Ross & Demi Lovato. President Obama is scheduled to attend the Christmas in Washington concert to be aired on TNT.
It was reported on Mashable however that the petition for, "U.S. President Barack Obama to rescind his Christmas in Washington invitation to "Gangnam Style" rapper Psy has been taken down from the White House's official petitions website "We the People."" The URL of the WhiteHouse.gov We The People petition site was titled, "Rescind Invite of Gangnam Style Rapper Psy from performing for President Obama at the Christmas Party over troop killing song." The anger seems to still be spreading as YouTube videos about the issue and social media keeps the fire of disgust burning.
Some popular tweets on Twitter about the Anti-American PSY performance we found are as follow:
@VibeMagazine: Will you still "Gangnam Style" after Psy's anti-American statements?
A search on Twitter for "Psy anti-American" is still quite active and full of a lot of reactions we can't really share here. It's probably worth a look if you think everyone will turn a blind eye to Psy's anti-American views.
CNN claims that an iReporter was the first person to bring it to their attention of Psy's racial hatred towards Americans. The information came out on October 6th, 2012 when a translation was done of the lyrics of Psy's performance where it was stated from ausjeon that, "Psy insulted American soldiers to an unbearable degree and talked about murdering all their families in his song." Mediatite seems to be the publication that spurred interest this time around the Psy racial lyrics. Mediatite was sourcing a mention of the discussion and translation from Chosun.com that called the situation, "Psy of Gangnam Style is the worst anti-Americanist and opportunist."
It's been reported that the performance of "Dear America" was done in 2002 or 2004. The concert was against the presence of around 37,000 US Troops in South Korea. The performance was said to be a direct reaction from two South Korean schoolgirls being run over by an American tank and then being acquitted by a U.S. Military court. The exact lyrics that most people are upset about are:
“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.”
Media outlets started reporting the Psy lyrics and people started to question performances Psy was scheduled for around America. One performance in Tampa Florida at the University Mall was centered around local US veterans reactions to the anti-American star performing in their town. The Tampa Tribune interviewed Army Sgt. Joel Tavera who was wounded in Iraq who said, "He is a very sick man and so twisted, how things could be twisted like that? But I'll pray for him and his situation." Another American Vet, Mike Jernigan, a Marine Lance Cpl. who was blinded in Iraq told the Tampa Tribune that, "There would be no Gangnam Style if Americans were not wiling to lay their lives down in Korea, flat out."
An apology was released by Psy to try and soften some of the reactions surrounding the past performance. The Psy apology was released on December 7th, 2012 and said:
"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 – 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."
Now the world awaits to see if Psy's career in America will survive this blow to soldiers, their families and all Americans who are proud of their country. Will the #1 viewed Music Video on YouTube take the fall? Will Psy's music sales plummet now that he's been labeled Anti-American? Only time will tell at this point. One thing is certain, The Rolling Stone reported that TNT says, "Psy is performing at "Christmas in Washington" as planned where President Obama will watch his performance.
What do you think? Should America and Gangnam Style fans forgive Psy? Tell us in the comments.
Psy's Anti American Song [VIDEO]
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