Psy has become an overnight sensation in the U.S. He recently appeared on the TV show Ellen, and he entertained at the American Music Awards. He is scheduled to entertain the first family at a benefit concert today, December 9th. Psy has not been pulled from the program and the President will still attend despite the latest news about Psy.
Psy once rapped that US soldiers should be slowly and painfully killed (if you click on this link, you can hear the vile words). That was 2004 when the US invaded Iraq. He also protested in 2002. His protests occurred in one case after two South Korean children were accidentally run over by a US tank and in another case in which a popular preacher was beheaded by terrorists. [The soldiers who ran over the little girls were tried and found innocent]
Psy issued the following apology three days ago when his past caught up with him. In this apology, he said he has performed in front of American soldiers and sang at Jay Leno’s benefit for soldiers.
“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 video below, which has received all the hits, is being compared with the Macarena. I loved the Macarena, but don’t love this. Didn’t watch Psy’s dancing before I found out he was anti-American, at least at one time, and won’t watch it now.
For me it’s all about the military and their families. In the end, it will be up to American viewers to decide. Is he an opportunist and another anti-American foreigner or is he sorry? You’ll have to decide if you even care.