11:22 pm - 12/07/2012

Psy Apologizes For 'Inflammatory And Inappropriate' Anti-American Lyrics

Psy Apologizes For 'Inflammatory And Inappropriate' Anti-American Lyrics

At a 2004 concert, Psy reportedly rapped about Americans dying 'slowly and painfully' ... on Friday, he apologized.


Psy may be everywhere in 2012 with his smash hit "Gangnam Style," but it's a 2004 performance by the South Korean sensation that's raising eyebrows today ... and forced him to apologize for the words he used.

According to reports, in October of that year, Psy took part in a concert in where he joined several other prominent artists on stage for a version of Korean rock group N.EX.T.'s song "Dear American," and after seizing the microphone, rapped a verse that stated "F---ing Yankees" and their families, should be killed "slowly and painfully."

The concert reportedly took place months after the kidnapping — and subsequent beheading — of South Korean missionary Kim Sun-il by an Islamist group, who demanded the nation cancel plans to send 3,000 troops to support the U.S. war in Iraq. After the South Korean government refused to back down, Kim's execution was videotaped, with the masked executioner stating "Korean citizens, you were warned, your hands were the ones who killed him ... your soldiers are here not for the sake of the Iraqis, but for cursed Americans."

After the beheading, massive protests erupted across South Korea, with citizens taking to the streets over the nation's plans to send troops to Iraq. And it also helped fuel anti-American sentiment in the country, which had been simmering for almost two years, following the killing of two 13-year-old South Korean girls by members of the U.S. military — which has maintained a large presence in the country since 1954 — and their subsequent acquittal by American military courts. Psy also performed at a protest concert following that event, one where he lifted an American tank above his head and smashed it on the stage.

That action somewhat understandably garnered no international coverage at the time, though given Psy's current international standing, his 2004 performance has created a firestorm. It bears mention that no video of the performance exists, and that the translation of Psy's lyrics currently making the rounds appears spotty at best — a Korean employee for MTV News, for instance, pointed out that Psy actually rapped "bitches" instead of "Yankees."

Still, the vitriol in those lyrics was readily apparent, and on Friday (December 7), Psy issued a statement to MTV News, apologizing to anyone his words offended.

"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 innocent Korean civilians that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time," the statement read. "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," the statement concluded. "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."


nicholasdee 7th-Dec-2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
it was an accident, which means there isn't fault

and, if there was fault, wishing all americans dead for the actions of a few is still wrong

so nope
britneyspears 7th-Dec-2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
negligent homicide tho
the beheading of the south korean missionary tho

Edited at 2012-12-07 10:50 pm (UTC)
ediesedgwick 7th-Dec-2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
what, you've never accidentally beheaded someone? it happens all the time
thishollywood 7th-Dec-2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
just happened 2 me twice last week, in fact!
certifiedsinner 8th-Dec-2012 01:44 am (UTC)
halfslytherin 8th-Dec-2012 12:00 am (UTC)
nicholasdee 7th-Dec-2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Negligence is different than an accident. If you can prove negligence was involved, then it is a crime. As you cannot, we must assume it was an accident.
britneyspears 7th-Dec-2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
lol and you can't see why south koreans would be enraged by american troops occupying their country and causing the accidental deaths of two teenagers, only to be acquitted and absolved of responsibility ? i don't blame psy for being frustrated and writing some anti-american lyrics (that resulted in absolutely no harm done to america btw)
nicholasdee 7th-Dec-2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
yeah, I can see why koreans would be upset about this happening. I cannot see how that translates to wishing a slow and painful death to all americans. nope
skillfully 7th-Dec-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
they'll just reply with LOL again cause they've got nothing
mementox 7th-Dec-2012 11:40 pm (UTC)

Even if the soldiers were at fault for killing those girls that doesn't mean you should wish death upon ALL Americans and their mothers and daughters or whatever the fuck he said, that's just crazy
britneyspears 7th-Dec-2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
what is artistic expression

there was obviously no actual intent behind his lyrics, idg why everyone's so mad
parsopercularis 7th-Dec-2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
That was by an Islamic group, not Americans.
britneyspears 7th-Dec-2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
....i am well aware of that, but it was because south korea was sending 3k troops to support the us in the iraq war
parsopercularis 7th-Dec-2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
You can't hold America responsible for something an Islamic extremist group did. Hold Islamic extremist groups responsible.
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