UPDATE: PSY has issued an apology. In a lengthy statement to MTV News, he said, “I deeply regret the inflammatory and inappropriate language” and said the verse was “part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two innocent Korean civilians.”
South Korean rapper PSY is an American/global treasure thanks to “Gangnam Style,” which is on its way to 1 billion views on Youtube and has earned the performer roughly $8 million. But the few PSY haters out there may have the seeds for a backlash that they’ve been waiting for all year. It turns out everyone’s favorite happy-go-lucky invisible-horse dancer spewed some pretty shocking anti-American lyrics on a 2004 song.
New York magazine reports that PSY appeared on the 2004 song “Dear American,” which was recorded by the group N.E.X.T. after a Korean missionary was beheaded by militants in Iraq. PSY drops in for a guest verse in which he called for the death of American soldiers. And their families. Eek. We liked it better when we didn’t know what PSY was rapping about. Check out the controversial lyrics after the jump.
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
Like we said, eek. Oh, and this is awkward: PSY is scheduled to perform Sunday (December 9) at the National Building Museum’s Christmas in Washington concert, which will be attended by President Obama.
The irony here is that “Gangnam Style” was initially believed to be a social commentary on certain aspects of Korean culture. But PSY shot down those claims in October, saying it “is not a critique, just FUN!”