'Gangnam Style' Singer PSY Releases Apology Over Anti-American Protest and Lyrics
SOUTH KOREA--Pop sensation PSY, known for the hit 'Gangnam Style', is apologizing to Americans for his involvement in several anti-American protest performances and his lyrics in the song 'Dear America'.
According to Mediaite.com, during one of his protest performances, PSY smashed a model U.S. tank while onstage in 2002 to oppose 37,000 U.S. troops that descended on the Korean Peninsula.
During his performance of 'Dear America' PSY rapped, "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 is schedule to perform in Washington D.C. for the Christmas in Washington special on December 21st. President Obama is planning on attending the event.
PSY is also scheduled to perform in Charlotte on Wednesday, December 12th at The Fillmore.
Here is PSY's official apology about the lyrics in 'Dear America'. This statement was released by his publicist Matthew Hilzik:
“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 I was featured in – 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 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 that 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 thru music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology.”
The Associated Press attributed to this report.