South Korean pop star PSY rocketed to international popularity over the summer with his surprise hit “Gangnam Style,” which recently became the most watched video on YouTube of all time.
How could it not? The video is AWESOME. The music is catchy and makes you want to dance, PSY’s giddy-up style dance moves are hilarious, and the whole thing just makes you smile. SNL even did a skit on the feel-good nature of the song, playing it whenever one of the characters felt sad. PSY has become such a sensation that he’s been scheduled to appear at a D.C. charity concert this month with President Obama in attendance.
It’s the song that just makes you happy. Which is why the following news just plain sucks: PSY might be profoundly anti-American.
Over the past ten years, PSY has been filmed on stage smashing a miniature U.S. tank, as well as singing about killing the “fucking Yankees.”
In 2004, he rapped as part of an anti-American protest against the war in Iraq:
Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those fucking Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully
Kill them all slowly and painfully? Mothers and daughters? Regardless of your opinion on the Iraqi War, surely we don’t all need to die. Heck, we had our fair share of protesters over here!
Should President Obama reconsider PSY’s invitation? He is the commander-in-chief of our armed forces -- some of whom, by the way, keep South Koreans safe by keeping psycho North Korean dictators in check -- he doesn't need to be partying with an America-hater.
Maybe. Maybe not. After the news came out, PSY issued an apology for his “inflammatory and inappropriate language,” and praised American servicemen and women for their valor in protecting freedom South Korea and around the world. Party on, PSY! You’re ok in my book. Meanwhile, let this be a lesson to us all to choose our words carefully.
Do you think PSY's apology is sincere?
Photo via officialpsy/YouTube