‘Gangnam Style’ rapper Psy’s anti-American past has surfaced just two weeks before he was to perform for President Obama at the Christmas in Washington celebration.
A quick look into some of the songs Psy has been a part of prior to his “Gangnam Style” hit revealed that the Korean rapper wasn’t much of a fan of America, yet he is scheduled to perform at the White House for a Christmas concert.
A song criticizing political views or showing a slight dislike of America is enough to get someone pulled from a White House performance, but Psy’s lyrics seemed to be as radical as they come after he demanded for the “Yankees” and their families to be killed back in 2004.
The song belonged to a South Korea metal banded who decided to feature the rapper on “Dear America.”
“Kill those f***ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives,” the 34-year-old rapper began. “Kill those f***ing Yankees who ordered them to torture.”
As if ordering for the death of American soldiers wasn’t bad enough, he even decided to bring their families into it.
“Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers,” he continued. “Kill them all slowly and painfully.”
Two years prior to his demand for American soldiers and their families to be killed, he made another jab at the army after he crushed an American style tank on stage.
Controversy sparked world wide after two Korean school girls were run over by a U.S operated armored vehicle. Not too long after the event was brought to the public’s attention, Psy spoke up at his next performance – smashing a plastic tank while the audience cheered.
The Korean record producer has since apologized for his actions and claims he has realized that the freedom to say anything you want doesn’t mean you always should.
“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,” Psy said in his public apology. “I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words. While it’s important that we express our opinions, I deeply regret the inflammatory and inappropriate language I used to do so.”
A close look at the public apology suggests that the rapper isn’t sorry for what he said, but rather how he said it.
A petition started online to prohibit the rapper from performing at the White House, but it was taken down after violating certain terms before it even reached 500 signatures.