December 8, 2012
"Gangnam Style" rapper PSY is in hot water over anti-American statements and lyrics he belted out at a 2004 anti-war protest concert came to light.
Among the incendiary lyrics: "Kill those f--king Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives / Kill those f--king Yankees who ordered them to torture."
"Kill their daughters, mothers, daughter-in-law and fathers / Kill them all slowly and painfully."
Yeah. Not good.
PSY, who has performed for U.S. troops in 2012 and is scheduled to perform later this month for President Barack Obama, quickly apologized and explained.
The 34-year-old, whose "Gangnam Style" just became the most-watched video of all time, certainly isn't on an invisible high horse, but rather broken up over this.
PSY said that his harsh words came at a heated time, following the killing of two Korean schoolgirls, and do not reflect his views of America or its military.
"As a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life," he said in a statement.
"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 strong, 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."
"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. 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."
Well spoken at least, and it appears the White House accepts.
A spokesman said Friday that the Obama family still plans to attend the December 21 Christmas in D.C. concert where PSY is scheduled to appear.
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